The Finch is a new robot for computer science education. Its design is the result of a four year study at Carnegie Mellon's CREATE lab. The Finch is made to easily integrate into high school and college CS courses. Institutions piloting the Finch have shown improved retention and year-over-year enrollment growth in their CS1 courses.The Finch was designed to allow students to write richly interactive programs. On-board features include:Light, temperature, and obstacle sensors Accelerometers Motors Buzzer Full-color beak LED Pen mount for drawing capability Plugs into USB port - no batteries required The Finch is currently programmable with Java and Python. Additional language support will be released throughout 2011.
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