Bird Brain Technologies’ Hummingbird Robotics Kits and Finch Robots Are Huge Hits In The Classroom, Dive Deeper In Texas At TCEA and SXSWedu
Hands on is in the DNA of Bird BrainTechnologies, a STEM/STEAM Maker focused company that grew out of Carnegie Mellon. They’re widely known in education as the company that helps students create dragons, butterflies, trucks, cars, and anything imaginable using their programmable Hummingbird Robotics Kits and other accessories.
Hummingbird Robotics kits are great for kids aged 13 and up, but co-founder Tom 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.
Hummingbird kits can easily be enjoyed by kids in grades 4 and up at home, but they’ve also made it easy to integrate Hummingbird into the classroom as well with dozens of tutorials and classroom examples available. There are also a wide range of groups available on social media where teachers are sharing their ideas and kids creations.
Bird Brain Technologies will be in Texas twice over the next six weeks and they always encourage teachers to dive in with their hands on to see just how easy it is to bring student projects to life. Find them at TCEA in Austin, February 5-9th, booth #2211 and back in Austin March 5-8th for SXSWedu in the Playground. Find out more here.