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Old Bridge Library to hold children’s sessions on Finch robots


Children and teens will have the opportunity to explore Finch robots this summer at the Old Bridge Public Library.

Sessions will be held at both the Central Branch, 1 Old Bridge Plaza, and Laurence Harbor (LH) branch, 277 Shoreland Circle.

The Finch is a small robot invented by Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE lab to promote computer science education. It was designed to inspire students by providing them a tangible and physical representation of coding.


Meet the Finch Robot is for children ages 7-10 who have little or no experience with computers or coding. The separate sessions will be held on Jul, 11 and 14, Aug. 2, Aug. 7 at LH, Aug. 8 and Aug. 12.

Intro to Coding with the Finch Robot is geared toward children ages 8-12, and will teach how to control a Finch with Snap!, a simple block-coding language. No previous computer experience is necessary for this two-session program. The classes will be offered July 17 and 18 at LH, July 29 and 30, and Aug. 15 and 16 at LH.

Coding with the Finch Robot is a slightly advanced version of Intro to Coding, with additional topics introduced as time permits. This three-session program is designed for children ages 10-13 with some programming knowledge. Classes will be held July 24-26.

Coding the Finch Robot with Java is an introduction to Java coding and how it can be used to control a Finch. Geared for children ages 13-17 with some computer or programming knowledge, the four-session program will be held Aug. 19-22.

Space is limited and registration is required for all Finch classes by calling 732-721-5600, ext. 5033 or by visiting www.oldbridgelibrary.org.

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