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My husband and I both have a background in computer programming. He continues to work at Microsoft as a software developer and sees that it’s super important that children have computer skills. I suppose most of the world sees it in some form because we have a national programming day in schools now too. Because of this it’s very important to my husband and I that our children learn programming, but you have to start at a basic level for kids and that’s working on logic. So I was super excited to work with Best Buy when they offered Dash from Wonder Workshop. Dash is an adorable little robot that you can program and play with. He comes with so many different apps that all do different things with him. You should have seen how excited my kids were to play with him. I should have had a camera on the kids instead of Dash!
Meet Dash – Dash is a real robot, charged and ready to play out of the box. Responding to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot you always dreamed of having. Use Wonder, Blockly, and other apps to create new behaviors for Dash — doing more with robotics than ever possible. No books or camps needed!
What comes in the box
1 Charging Cord
2 Building Brick Connectors
Getting Started Guide
As soon as I got Dash out of the box I plugged him in because I thought he needed a charge. He started singing and talking. It seemed like when I spoke to him he would turn and look at me and say something that I couldn’t understand but yeah he would say stuff. He’s adorable in the little sounds he makes.
He seems to currently only work with the iPad or an Android tablet. We decided to borrow an iPad and I was so impressed with how easy it was to set him. We would open one of the programs and then it asks you to find a Dash. We found him and then gave him a name and then there he was responding to our commands.
So far we have the Wonder Workshop Dash apps we have used are:
I really liked using the Path app with the kids because it seems to focus on logical order. I also just love how the kids were working together to solve certain problems as they were working with Dash. I mean really that is the basis of programming; solving a problem. Kids need to learn basic logic skills in school. I remember when I was in college and my professor was always complaining about how basic logic isn’t taught anymore. SO I’m really excited to continue using Dash to help the kids learn more about logic, solving basic problems and working as a team.
Miles found a way to use Dash as a remote controlled car which he loved. Zoe had fun teaching him how to dance (sort of) and sing. I love the creativity Dash is instilling into my children. They are starting to think about how to create other things around the house.
Dash is a great way to inspire creativity and education while kids are just having fun. Turn screen time into education time. Also think of how you can help others by purchasing a Dash. It takes $25,000 to open a new school for basic education of children in a developing nation. With every Dash that ships to a customer, Wonder Workshop contributes $1 towards that goal, working in partnership with Pencils of Promise, an organization that creates schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all. You can find
How do you help your kids learn basic logic, or is it even important to you?