Second Graders Have a New Class Pet: the Finch

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Carnegie Mellon’s Finch robot and UC Berkeley’s Snap! drag-and-drop
programming language have made robotics a little more accessible to
our younger students. In our second grade STEM class, the girls have
been using Snap! to program their Finch robots to move, turn, change
colors, and make noises. First, we created mazes out of blocks and
programmed the robots to move through those mazes. We then added
parameters to the mix, changing the speed of the motors, the color of
the LED, and the notes played by the beeper. Using those new blocks,
the girls choreographed a “song” and “dance” to perform in front of
the rest of the group.

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