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BirdBrain Technologies’ mission is to inspire deep and joyful learning in all students through creative robotics. 

What sets BirdBrain apart?

  • Learning Materials - Free classroom-tested and standards-aligned learning materials, including programming tutorials, and lesson plans.

  • Low Floor and High Ceiling - Absolute beginners can build or program a robot in minutes, but continue learning advanced engineering & programming for years.

  • True Interdisciplinary Learning - Integrate robotics and computer science into subjects from ELA to ecology, math to music, and beyond.

  • Breaking Stereotypes - Our products were created to promote gender equality and diversity in computer science and robotics.

  • Professional Development - Our team of educators provide virtual professional development, including classroom and school district integration planning.

 

BirdBrain Technologies cultivates creativity and computational thinking by providing flexible and inspiring products:

 

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This product is available in all states.
Finch Robot

The Finch is a programmable robot that brings computer science to life by providing students from kindergarten to college a hands-on representation of their code.

Features include:

  • FREE learning materials for programming and classroom activities

  • Program in FinchBlox, BirdBlox, Snap!, MakeCode / JavaScript, Python, Java

  • Works with Chromebooks, Mac, Windows, iOS, Android, FireOS

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

 

BirdBrain Finch Robot
Finch
Students programming the Finch
Hummingbird Robotics Kit

The Hummingbird Robotics Kit is an easy-to-use, creative robotics tool which allows students to design, build, and program a personally meaningful robot out of any materials, with any device, in multiple programming languages.

The Hummingbird Robotics Kit is comprised of lights, sensors, and motors which allow students to build a robot out of any materials. The power of Hummingbird is in its flexibility—the same reusable kit can animate a poem, model the human arm, build an autonomous rover, or create a pinball machine. Hummingbird epitomizes a low-floor, high-ceiling approach: absolute beginners can build & program a robot in minutes, but continue learning advanced engineering and programming for years.

All Hummingbird Bit Robotics Kits work with the following programming languages:

  • BirdBlox (block-based - available on iOS, Android, Fire OS)

  • MakeCode (block-based - available on Chromebooks, Mac, Windows, Linux)

  • Snap! (block-based - available on Chromebooks, Mac, Windows)

  • Python (text-based - available on Chromebooks, Mac, Windows)

  • Java (text-based - available on Mac, Windows)

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

 

BirdBrain Hummingbird Bit Base Kit
Hummingbird Robotics Kit
Students programming the BirdBrain Hummingbird
Introduce Machine Learning with
the Finch Robot & Hummingbird Robotics Kit

LEARNING RESOURCES

  • Hands-on activities for grades 6-12 enable students to create and test their own machine learning models. Students use models to write programs with the Finch Robot or Hummingbird Kit to gain a better understanding of the power of machine learning!

  • Free Activities using Python or Snap! programming

    • Students use Google Teachable Machine to create machine learning models that can be incorporated into Python (text-based) or Snap! (block-based) programs.

    • Students explore 3 types of models: 

      • image recognition

      • audio recognition

      • pose recognition

    • An extension activity is offered for Finch. Students see more of the math behind the scenes when they create their own machine learning model using a “nearest-neighbor algorithm.” 

  • Plus free teacher courses on how to use the Finch Robot and Hummingbird Kit

FINCH ROBOT OR HUMMINGBIRD KIT?

  • Recommend Finch when…

    • Want to program in Python (text-based); Snap! (block-based) is also available

    • Want to jump right into the machine learning/programming

    • Need to use the hardware for back-to-back classes (little clean up)

    • Want to go more advanced (extension activity where students build their own model without the Google Teachable Machine software)

 

  • Recommend Hummingbird when…

    • Want to program in Snap! (block-based code); Python NOT available for these activities

    • Have time for extended projects with a single class (robots can stay assembled for a few weeks without another set of students needing the hardware)

    • Want to incorporate more project-based learning or cross-curricular concepts. Students can make anything related to other standards/subject areas…or they can make a zombie!

    • Making connections with advanced manufacturing. For example, students can build AI-powered Hummingbird projects that sort objects on a conveyor based on color, shape, or other characteristics that the model detects.

ASSETS

  • Finch Videos

  1. Finch Activity Example: Image Recognition  LINK TO VIDEO
    How does the Finch react to different Star Wars characters? This program trained the Finch to perform a song or movements based on which character is detected. (Turn on sound!)

  2. Finch Activity Example:  Audio Recognition  LINK TO VIDEO 

  3. Finch Activity Example:  Pose Recognition  LINK TO VIDEO
     

  • Hummingbird Videos

  1. Hummingbird Activity Example: Image Recognition  LINK TO VIDEO
    What do zombies eat? In this program the zombie robot responds differently to food choices. (Turn on sound!)

  2. Hummingbird Activity Example:  Audio Recognition  LINK TO VIDEO 

  3. Hummingbird Activity Example:  Pose Recognition  LINK TO VIDEO

Please contact your Regional Manager for more information.

 

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