Want to have a robot to take home? A Finch Robot (Wikimedia Commons/finchrobot.com)
Want to have a robot to take home?

Instead of borrowing a book, in one city it's possible to check out a robot.

The Chicago Public Library has a fleet of 500 robots. The gadgets are known as Finch Robots. The library is the first in the nation to allow people to borrow robots.

The robots can be coded to move. They can make noises, light up and even draw. Children as young as 8 years old can program the robots.

"We hope to inspire the next generation of technologists and computer scientists," said Jim Lecinski. He is the head of the Googles Chicago office. Google donated the robots.

The partnership with Google will support the city's push to give its people more chances to learn.

The robots were invented by a lab at Carnegie Mellon University. You can connect the robots to a home computer or laptop. You can download instructions from the company's website.

"Getting students excited about computer science at the primary and secondary school level is critical," Lecinski said.

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  • Brandon1231-YYCA
    7/31/2014 - 03:01 p.m.

    I think that robot thing is very weird and that robot is not helping kids with anything. I don't think that you read this part. It says that its programmed for 8 year old kids what need help with homework and do no need that. You just want it. All it is just is is that it is a rat robot that blinks its light when there is something wrong. I think that that is the stripes idea in that whole world and tie want that. I thin that you are just thinking about the robot and not thinking about your self. I hope that you can do better no your homework. If you do better on your homework, then you will not want this stupid robot toy.

  • rexrST
    10/13/2014 - 09:39 a.m.

    I think the robot is awesome. Drawing robots are really cool too. They can be really helpful for the kids to learn new things. They can be dangerous but they should be safe if they were tested. These are so cool I would get my own Finch robot. They can help so many struggling kids get smarter. Maybe some day their will be a new robot that can help kids learn. I think this is a great idea. That's what I think.

  • william1108-yyca
    6/25/2015 - 05:26 p.m.

    Wow! It is so cool to have a robot like that. Those robots are amazing. I wonder if I could have one. If I had one i could do stuff with it. Maybe next time I will see where to buy that robot.

  • christopherc-win
    9/20/2015 - 10:02 p.m.

    AWESOME! I wish I could go to Chicago, and get a robot! I wonder how much kids have already have tried the new robot!

  • mattsimonsen-bak
    9/23/2015 - 04:07 p.m.

    Those robots look cool! I'd like to have one.

  • mattsimonsen-bak
    9/23/2015 - 04:12 p.m.

    Those robots are cool! I'd like to have one.

  • giovanni-hym
    9/28/2015 - 02:25 p.m.

    No fair! I want to take a robot home to

  • deckhyab-eva
    1/07/2016 - 09:17 a.m.

    This story is awesome and we get to learn about robot.

  • leahn-eva
    1/07/2016 - 09:18 a.m.

    I never knew that Chicago's library had robots that's great.

  • mavisr-eva
    1/07/2016 - 09:19 a.m.

    I never knew they had robots over there.That's amazing!

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