The Audubon Report: Birds and Robots – Providence’s Croft School Second Graders Learn Birding…and Robotics!

In this article, read how a group of second graders explored both birds and robotics during an outing at the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.

Children first went on a nature walk and observed the birds they came across. Once back at the Audubon Society, the children, working in pairs, decorated their KIBO robots as that bird. The children programmed their birds to move, dance and record their birds’ call!

The article reads in part:

“A group of 22 second grade students from the Croft School in Providence visited the Audubon Nature Center and Aquarium on December 2, 2022, to participate in a new STEAM collaborative program between Roger Williams University (RWU) and Audubon called Birds and Robots.

The young students began by making their own binoculars from toilet paper tubes and yarn and heading outside with Audubon educators to look for birds and investigate where our feathered friends might find food, water and shelter. Then back inside a classroom, the RWU team challenged the students to turn KIBO robots into birds and program them to move, dance and sing. In the final challenge, the students used their birds to carry sticks and create a large, cooperative group nest.”

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