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 is designed to support an engaging introduction to the art of programming. It has support for over a dozen programming languages and environments, including several environments appropriate for students as young as eight years old.
The Finch was designed to allow students to write richly interactive programs. On-board features include:
- Light, temperature, and obstacle sensors
- Full-color beak LED
- Pen mount for drawing capability
- Plugs into USB port – no batteries required