BirdBrain Technologies products were developed at Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab from 2005 to 2010 by a team of roboticists and educators, including our founder, Dr. Tom Lauwers. The Finch Robot and Hummingbird Robotics Kit emerged from CREATE’s CSBots and Arts & Bots programs, respectively, which aimed to create hardware, software, and curriculum for students learning Computer Science, Engineering design, and 21st century skills. Read more about some of this exciting work in the research pieces below:
Hummingbird Research Articles
- Jennifer Cross, Emily Hamner, Chris Bartley and Illah Nourbakhsh, Arts & Bots: Application and Outcomes of a Secondary School Robotics Program, IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, 2015.
- Jennifer Cross and Emily Hamner, Identifying and Cultivating Diverse STEM Talent through Creative Robotics, American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, 2014.
- Emily Hamner and Jennifer Cross, Arts & Bots: Techniques for distributing a STEAM robotics program through K-12 classrooms, Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC), March, 2013.
- Jennifer Cross, Chris Bartley, Emily Hamner, and Illah Nourbakhsh, A visual robot-programming environment for multidisciplinary education, Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2013 IEEE International Conference on , vol., no., pp.445,452, 6-10 May 2013.
- Kimberley Gomez, Debra Bernstein, Jolene Zywica, and Emily Hamner, Building Technical Knowledge and Engagement in Robotics: An Examination of two Out-of-School Programs, B. Barker, G. Nugent, N. Grandgenett, & V. Adamchuk (Eds.), Robots in K-12 Education: A New Technology for Learning (pp. 222-244), Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2012.
- Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, and Debra Bernstein, The Debugging Task: Evaluating a Robotics Design Workshop, AAAI Spring Symposium on Educational Robotics and Beyond: Design and Evaluation, March 2010.
- Debra Bernstein, Developing technological fluency through creative robotics (Doctoral dissertation), 2010.
- Tom Lauwers, Aligning Capabilities of Interactive Educational Tools to Learner Goals, Carnegie Mellon, April 2010. (Chapter 5)
- Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Debra Bernstein, Kristen Stubbs, Kevin Crowley, and Illah Nourbakhsh, Robot Diaries Interim Project Report: Development of a Technology Program for Middle School Girls, tech. report CMU-RI-TR-08-25, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, May 2008.
- Emily Hamner, Tom Lauwers, Debra Bernstein, Illah Nourbakhsh, and Carl Francis DiSalvo, Robot Diaries: Broadening Participation in the Computer Science Pipeline through Social Technical Exploration, AAAI Spring Symposium on Using AI to Motivate Greater Participation in Computer Science, March 2008.
Finch Research Articles
- Tom Lauwers, Aligning Capabilities of Interactive Educational Tools to Learner Goals, Ph.D Thesis, Carnegie Mellon, April 2010. (Chapter 6 covers the Finch research program in detail)
- Tom Lauwers, Designing the Finch: Creating a Robot Aligned to Computer Science Concepts, Proceedings of the First Symposium on Educational Applications of AI, July 2010.
- Tom Lauwers, Emily Hamner, and Illah Nourbakhsh, A strategy for collaborative outreach: lessons from the CSbots project, SIGCSE Proceedings, pg 315-319, March 2010.
- Tom Lauwers, Illah Nourbakhsh, and Emily Hamner, CSbots: Design and Deployment of a Robot Designed for the CS1 Classroom, SIGCSE Proceedings, March 2009.
- Tom Lauwers, Illah Nourbakhsh, and Emily Hamner, CSbots: A case study in introducing educational technology to a classroom setting, tech. report CMU-RI-TR-08-41, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, October, 2008.