What if you made a dragon out of cardboard and paper, and it could magically come to life. What if you made a grand prix race car in art class and wanted to make it remote control. BirdBrain Technologies is bringing students projects to life through their Humminbird Robotics Kits.
BirdBrain Technologies, the company behind the Hummingbird Robotics kits, was created by Tom Lauwers, spawned from an idea he had while attending Carnegie Mellon to bring robotics into the classroom.
Hummingbird Robotics kits are great for kids aged 13 and up, but Lauwers freely admits that kids as young as 8 can have a lot of fun bringing projects to life with just a little bit of adult supervision. With the Hummingbird kit, kids can create robots, kinetic sculptures, animatronics and anything else they can imagine with a combination of parts from the kit and arts and crafts supplies you can find just about anywhere.
Hummingbird can be programmed with easy coding languages like Scratch, Snap!, Create Lab Programmer and Ardublock. Students have used the kit to create dragons, robotic lizards, sharks, alien robots and more. They’ve even put together an R2D2.
BirdBrain Technologies is passionate about teaching kids robotics, computer science, STEM and STEAM. They are full of resources for teachers and ideas on projects. Lauwers is constantly brainstorming on ways to bring hands on, project based learning infused with robotics and coding to students everywhere.
“Part of the reason that Hummingbird is so popular is because they infuse arts and crafts into STEM curriculum. “While STEM courses can be intimidating, including an art component often makes students more comfortable. The students really get excited about the creative process. There’s something about art they find exciting.” Sue Mellon, a teacher in the Allegheny Valley PA School District, said on BirdBrain’s website.
The Hummingbird booth in the Maker Playground at ISTE 2017 was humming with lots of activity and lot’s of projects going on all afternoon long. Lauwers was able to break away for a few minutes to talk with our 9 year old edtech reporter Tatum F. Check out the video below and for more info visit hummingbirdkit.com