Nora Blasko

Computer Science and STEM Mathematics Teacher - Great Mills High School

Great Mills, MD

The Finch Robots are used in the robotics unit of our Foundations of Computer Science course. After learning to program using blocks, the students put their new programming skills to use while learning about robotic sensors and controlling robotic movement. I also challenge more advanced students to program the Finch as a game controller or program the Finch to run autonomously.

In addition to using the Finch robots with high school classes, students in my Computer and Cyber club visit other elementary schools and public STEM events to introduce younger students to programming a robot. Not only is this an opportunity to introduce Computer Science and robotics concepts, it is a wonderful opportunity for the older and younger students to work together.