Want to borrow a robot? Chicago library has them

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Public Library has more than books for borrowing. It now has a fleet of 500 robots available for checkout.

The idea is to give Chicagoans of all ages a chance to dabble in the basics of computer coding.

The gadgets known as Finch Robots were donated by Google Chicago.

They were invented by a lab at Carnegie Mellon University and can be programed to move, make noises, light up and draw.

Some of the programming can be done by students as young as 8 years old.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Saturday the partnership with Google will benefit the city's push to provide residents with access to STEM learning. That's science, technology, engineering and math.

The library is the first in the nation to make the robots available.

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