About Us

BirdBrain Technologies serves as a catalyst for
transformative, physical computing-based experiences for ALL students!

BirdBrain Technologies cultivates creativity and computational thinking by providing flexible and inspiring products: the Finch Robot and the Hummingbird Robotics Kit.

Founded at Carnegie Mellon University in 2010, this Pittsburgh-based company is excited to promote gender equality and diversity in engineering and robotics. Through the aid of the CMU CREATE Lab, BirdBrain is a research-based company that continues to learn and fulfill teachers’ needs.

A large part of our mission is to support educators interested in bringing computer science, engineering, and making, into the classroom. We work collaboratively to support teachers with free standards-aligned curriculum and professional development. Our products have been used by thousands of teachers around the world to bring creative design and robotics fun into the classroom!

Our History

 
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2005

Founder, Tom Lauwers, begins research on educational robotics at Carnegie Mellon University.

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2006-2009

At CMU’s CREATE Lab, Finches and Hummingbirds were made and tested in high schools, community colleges, and after-school programs.

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2010

Dr. Tom Lauwers completes his thesis and BirdBrain Technologies is born.

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2011

Finch Robot was officially launched.

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2012

Hummingbird Robotics Kit officially launched.

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2015

The second version, Hummingbird Duo, was kickstarted and shipped.

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2016

BirdBlox app allows for a tetherless option with the Hummingbird.

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2017

BirdBrain Technologies wins NSF Grant to develop a new robotics kit for elementary school with CMU’s CREATE Lab.