introducing: the finch
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DESCRIPTIONIntroducing: The Finch. Workshop Outline. The Story of the Finch Finch Hardware Software and Assignments Time to Program!. The CSbots Program. Using robots as tools in CS Education Retention Learning Modular approach to curriculum NSF CCLI program. Design: Information Sources. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
Introducing: The Finch
Introducing: The FinchWorkshop OutlineThe Story of the Finch
Software and Assignments
Time to Program!
The CSbots ProgramUsing robots as tools in CS EducationRetentionLearning
Modular approach to curriculum
NSF CCLI program
Design: Information SourcesPrevious studies
Instructor and Textbook Surveys
Participatory design with educatorsCommunity CollegesHigh schools
Design: Identifying ConstraintsIndividual ownership and home useLow-costPortableRobustSupport multiple platformsAesthetically appealingRichly interactiveShould Just workMinimal changes to existing coursesLow-cost Personal Robot
Sensors and OutputsRobustness
Satisfying ConstraintsIndividual ownership and home useLow-costPortableRobustSupport multiple platformsAesthetically appealingRichly interactiveShould Just work
USB TetherMultiple sensors/outputsPlastic shell with input from students
That last constraintMinimal changes to existing courses
Assignments are aligned to traditional concepts
Tethering, portability, multi-platform support
Support as many languages as possible
Documentation/Forums Finch Uses in the ClassroomUse it to enhance regular assignmentsExtra challenge for gifted/bored studentsAdvertising to next years classDisplay student projectsDemo to visiting 8th gradersUse it to provide high school students tutoring opportunities to younger studentsTime to ProgramFirst step: Make it move and talk in Jython.
Next steps:Make Finch DanceMake a Finch alarm clock
After Lunch:Snap! with FinchWrap-up: TeasersSnap!
Finch wireless backpack (Freebird)
Live DemoWireless backpackWill work on existing FinchesWill work with existing softwareAndroid too!Adds ports for distance sensors, prototyping, and encodersAnticipated Cost: $99 for backpack, $35 for rangefinders, $35 for encoders.Live DemoHummingbird Robotics KitKit with a robot controller, LEDs, sensors, and motorsMake robots out of arts and crafts materialsAimed at ages 11+ (13 w/o supervision)No technical/programming experience required$199www.hummingbirdkit.com
The End!Buy (another) Finch today!