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Is there a Finch Loan program for Finch 2?

As of 2022, all loan program loans will be made up entirely of Finch 2s. ...

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Is there a Finch Loan program for Finch 2?

As of 2022, all loan program loans will be made up entirely of Finch 2s. ...

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Can I trade in my Finch Robot 1 for Finch Robot 2?

Yes, if you bought your Finch 1s within the last 30 days and they are in resalable condition....

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What is the difference between the Finch Robot 1 and Finch Robot 2?

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What is the difference between the Finch Robot 1 and Finch Robot 2?

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What is the difference between the Finch Robot 1 and Finch Robot 2?

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How many Finch Robots can I borrow?

We request that you use the Finches in pair programming, one Finch robot for every 2 students....

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Why isn't my Finch Robot 1 detecting an obstacle?

The Finch 1 uses two infrared LEDs and an infrared receiver to detect obstacles....

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Why isn’t my Finch Robot 2 charging?

If the USB cable is plugged into the micro:bit the Finch 2 will not charge.  ...

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Why does my Finch Robot 1 sometimes disconnect?

Stable as they seem, the USB cable is the most common cause for Finch 1 connection failure....

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What kinds of activities can I do with the Finches?

There are a myriad of activities you can do with the Finches....

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Why can't Python connect to my Finch Robot 1?

New files need to be saved in that folder in order to be able to find the Finch library....

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How long can I borrow the Finch Robots?

are planning on using the robots across multiple classrooms, teachers, or schools, and thus require more time with the Finches...

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Will the Finch Robot 2 work with micro:bit V2?

The Finch Robot 2 is compatible with micro:bit V2.  ...

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How long does the Finch Robot 2 battery last?

The Finch 2 battery lasts for 7+ hours if all the motors and LEDs are on at full power; we estimate that it will last 12-...

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Can I use Scratch with the Finch Robot 2?

The Finch Robot 2 is not compatible with Scratch....

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I have some Finches already. Can I apply anyhow?

We’d love to give you a chance to super-size your Finch program for a few months....

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Why doesn't my Finch Robot 1 move straight / turn accurately?

For example, the Finch 1 can follow a light source or a wall....

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Does the Finch Robot 1 work with USB C ports?

We have verified 5 dongles that will allow you to use the Finch 1 with USB C ports....

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How do I clean and disinfect my Hummingbird and Finch Robots?

Finch and Finch 2.0  ...

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What software / programming languages can I use with the Finch Robot 1?

The Finch 1 works with Snap!, Python, and Java....

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What device/hardware do I need to use the loan Finches?

The Finch Robot 2.0 works with any laptop, as well as most iPads, Android, and Fire tablets....

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What kind of writing tools can I use with the Finch Robot 2?

The Finch Robot 2 is designed to work with many sizes and types of writing tools....

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How long does it take to charge the Finch Robot 2 battery?

The Finch 2 battery takes 7 hours to charge completely; we suggest charging it overnight, and the charge should last the...

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What software / programming languages can I use with the Finch Robot 1?

The Finch Robot works with Snap!, Python, and Java....

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What is the Finch Robot loan program and when can I apply?

BirdBrain Technologies' Finch Robot loan program loans out the Finch Robot 2.0 to districts, schools, libraries, and other...

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How do I know if my Finch Robot 1 is connected to my computer?

If you have a successful connection to your Finch 1 the LED in the Finch 1’s nose will blink in rainbow colors for a few...

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Can I program my Finch Robot 1 in any software languages not listed on your portal?

We provide support for the Finch 1 in Snap!, Scratch, Python, and Java....

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Can I loan the Finches to library patrons or to my students for use at home?

If you cannot return the Finches within the required time frame, you will need to purchase them....

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What types of computers work with your products?

The Finch Robot   and the Hummingbird Robotics Kit   are supported in Windows XP to 10 and Mac OS 10.6.8 and later....

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I have already participated in the loan program. Can I apply again?

If you’ve acquired some Finches since your loan, do let us know!...

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Do your products require a device with Bluetooth capability?

The Hummingbird Bit Robotics Kit and the Finch Robot 2.0 can be programmed in MakeCode without Bluetooth....

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Is the loan program truly free?

The Finch is a robust robot, but we understand that students can get very exuberant when working with the Finches....

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Can your products be used wirelessly (not tethered to a computer)?

The Finch does come with a long USB cord, which allows for a range of movement....

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Do your products work with Chromebooks?

The Finch Robot 1 works with Chromebooks using the Snap! programming language....

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I'd really like to be chosen for the loan program! How can I increase my chances of being selected?

most important criteria for being selected for the loan program is to have a strong plan for what you will do with the Finches...

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Will my micro:bit work with your products?

The Finch Robot 2 and Hummingbird Bit are compatible with both micro:bit V1 and micro:bit V2. ...

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Do your products work with tablets and phones?

The Finch Robot 1 cannot be used with tablets and phones....

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Can I use Scratch with your products?

with your Finch 1 Robot and Hummingbird Duo Kit to ensure long-term support.  ...

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Do your products work with micro:bit V2?

The Finch Robot 2 and Hummingbird Bit are compatible with both micro:bit V1 and micro:bit V2. ...

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Why is my USB tethered device not showing up as an option in the BlueBird Connector?

Your computer must have Bluetooth capability to connect to the Finch 2 or Hummingbird Bit....

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Do your products support standards-aligned projects?

View our standards page to see how projects for both the Finch Robot and the Hummingbird Robotics Kit align....

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Can a group of organizations apply together?

We are happy to receive applications that combine users across nearby schools or libraries, regardless of whether they are...

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Are your products or software open source?

The Finch Robot 1 & 2 and the Hummingbird Duo & Bit Robotics Kits have open source software libraries and APIs...

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Can organizations that are not schools/libraries apply?

You may charge fees for programs involving the Finch, but only to cover your costs, not for profit....

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Are there technical requirements for tablets to work with your products?

In order to work with the Hummingbird Bit Robotics Kit or Finch Robot 2.0 tablets   must use Bluetooth 4.0 or higher....

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My organization is not located in the United States. Can I apply?

The loan program is only available for organizations in the contiguous United States. Shipping costs and customs requirements...

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How do I tell the difference between micro:bit V1 and micro:bit V2?

Alternatively, if your micro:bit is not plugged into your Finch Robot or Hummingbird Robotics Kit, you can also find a version...

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What is the recommended age for using your products?

The Finch Robot can be programmed by kids as young as 5 years old using our icon-based programming languages (no reading...

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Why am I getting a “Connection Failure” message in the BlueBird Connector?

The BlueBird Connector requires that your computer be able to use Bluetooth 4.0 to connect to the Finch Robot or the Hummingbird...

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How do I save or share files in MakeCode?

Instead of downloading a program’s .hex file to the Finch, you can download it to your computer or...

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How do I save or share files in MakeCode?

Instead of downloading a program’s .hex file to the Finch, you can download it to your computer or...

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How do I save or share files in MakeCode?

Instead of downloading a program’s .hex file to the Finch, you can download it to your computer or...