Eduporium Experiment | Dash from Wonder Workshop
Dash, a super fun and interactive robot, is one of the most well-known EdTech tools on the market today. Created by Wonder Workshop, Dash is packed with educational potential and is designed for students aged six and up. Ready to go right out of the box, students are able to program Dash to dance, sing, move, and more. While playing with Dash, kids are guaranteed to learn a variety of 21st century skills, such as design thinking, spatial awareness, scientific thinking, mathematical reasoning, creative storytelling, and computational thinking. Dash is a great introduction to robotics and coding, but is equipped with five educational apps that follow a curricular program allowing for students to learn and grow with their robot, which is exactly what we look for in any EdTech product.
Dash is loaded with a bunch of cool features, like microphones, speakers, LEDs, IR transmitters, distance sensors, and detect robot receivers. It can detect objects in front and behind itself, record and play back custom sounds, and move in precise increments. Dash’s built-in, chargeable battery charges fully in one hour by micro USB and has a play time of five hours. In the box, there’s not only Dash, but also a charging cord, two brick connectors, and a Getting Started guide. The brick connectors are included to enable students to expand upon Dash with compatible brick blocks like LEGOs!
Looking for more accessories? Dash’s Xylophone provides students with a platform to compose, loop, and play tunes. Dash’s Launcher allows students to turn Dash into a projectile launching machine. And, the Accessories Pack includes a bulldozer bar, tow hook, bunny ears, and bunny tail for extra fun while kids learn through all kinds of STEAM experiences.
Dash easily connects to iOS, Android, and Kindle devices as long as they have Bluetooth 4.0/LE/Smart. There are five different app options that are compatible with Dash and each has different possibilities for learning depending on the student’s learning level, and play style. They include Wonder, Path, Go, Blockly, and Xylo – each of which is designed to be used by students as young as six years old. Wonder is a picture-based coding language that helps students create detailed behaviors for Dash. Path serves as a drawing interface with which students draw a route on a tablet or smartphone for Dash to follow. Go is the most introductory app for Dash with which students can explore the robot’s lights, sounds, sensors, and movements.
Moving on up, Blockly introduces advanced concepts of coding through playful projects and puzzles fro students to solve. Lastly, Xylo is designed for use with the Xylophone accessory. Students can program Dash to become a musical performer by playing their favorite song or making up new tunes. My favorite app for Dash is Blockly because not only is it a super friendly and entertaining way to learn how to code, but it has enormous educational value in that it teaches students important and slightly more advanced coding concepts, like variables, events, and conditionals. It is a very similar environment to other graphical drag-and-drop programs, so the skills students learn with Dash and Blockly can easily be applied elsewhere and vise versa.
On our store, we offer Dash as a standalone item, but there’s also a Wonder Workshop Dash 6-Pack available for classrooms committed to collaboration. Feel free to grab Dash’s BFF, Dot, as well, whom Dash can interact with, or the more advanced version of Dash, Cue. If you’re in need of a larger solution for a club, classroom, or makerspace, we have all of the Wonder Workshop bundles, like the Club Pack, Classroom Pack, and Tech Center Pack, available on our store too. To purchase Dash for your classroom, makerspace, or home, click here to visit the Eduporium store. Also, look out next Wednesday for the newest edition of the Eduporium Experiment featuring an extended look at the MaKey MaKey! In the meantime, don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more, check out other cool EdTech tools in our store, and you might as well like us on Facebook, too!