I remember being in elementary school & brainstorming with my classmates on what life would be like in the 2000’s. Remember doing that? We all guessed at inventions like flying cars & other fun ideas we’d all seen on ‘The Jetsons’. While we’re not that advanced-yet, we are seeing robots utilized in ways we’d never have imagined 20 years or so ago.
To me the term ‘code’ was something Penelope Garcia uses on ‘Criminal Minds’. In other words, it’s a high-tech, confusing computer type work. But with the modern world we live in, our kids will need skills like these to be successful in an uber competitive employment school. I imagine most parents are in the boat that I’m in- I have no idea what it is so how can I teach it?
Wonder Workshop has stepped in & saved the day! They’ve created an innovative approach to teaching kids code. What kid isn’t intrigued by a robot? My boys love them. So by combining something kids love with something they need to know, we have a winning combo. Now these robots are invading (in a good way) 150 schools!
Meet Dash & Dot. Cute names aside, these robots are literally teaching machines. Using the way kids learn best (through play), Dash & Dot are teaching our kids invaluable tools for success.
For ages 5-infinity, Dash & Dot ‘grow’ with students, adapting to new age levels & skill sets. Early learners have the opportunity to explore. Elementary students apply their new skills with design challenges. Older students of any age can invent, making their robot interact in ways of their chosing.
So, how does it work?
Here’s a Direct Quote explanation
About Dash & Dot
Dash & Dot are toys for curious minds. Children discover a world of creativity and fun with robots who bring imaginations to life, fun challenges, encourage problem solving and multiply curiosity. Through hands-on play and endless adventures, kids will learn the concepts of coding by playing with the lovable robots that they’ll carry on throughout life. Kids can define how they want to play – whether with friends, siblings, solo or with parents. Dash & Dot come with four free apps for kids to connect with to explore a ton of play experiences that match their development stages.Wonder Workshop accessories from Dash’s Xylophone to Building Brick Connectors (including LEGO™) bring endless creative possibilities, plus kids can involve their existing toys around the home into the fun. Dash & Dot come with a weekly challenge sent out to every owner by email, as well as a free monthly digital magazine that is full of activities for the robots, problem solving challenges and creations from the Dash & Dot community around the world.”
These are such fantastic resources for educators! Consider taking the product info to your next PTA or School Board meeting. It’s quite an investment!
Dot & Dash are compatible to these devices:
iOS 7.1 or newer
- iPad 3 or newer,
- iPad Air,
- iPad Mini
iOS 8.1 or newer (Go app only)
- iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6+,
- iPod Touch 5
Android 4.4 (KitKat) or newer
- Nexus 7 (2013 / 2nd generation),
- Nexus 9,
- Galaxy Note 10.1 or newer,
- Galaxy Note Pro 12.2,
- Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, 10.1,
- Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, 10.1
- Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4,
- Galaxy Tab S 8.4, 10.5
- Galaxy S4, S5 (Go app only)
If you’re curious or want to add these great tools to your classroom (home school or brick & mortar), visit http://www.makewonder.com for all the info you’ll need.
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