It’s never too early to get kids started on coding — not that they have to become developers, but it sure doesn’t hurt to give them the knowledge base! Last year, Wonder Workshop wowed us with Dash and Dot, two robot companions for kids ages six to ten that teach coding concepts in a fun, easy-to-understand way. At CES 2016, Vikas Gupta of Wonder Workshop talked with MommyTech TV’s Rebecca Levey about the philosophy and inspiration behind Dash and Dot.
Dash is the name of the whole robot put together, which consists of a few round wheels and a round processing unit up top. That processing unit is Dot, and that’s where all the educational value of Wonder Workshop’s toys is found. Using an Android or iOS app, kids can program Dot to move around, play music, play games, or take certain actions to meet challenges. Everything revolves around basic coding concepts, which doesn’t involve coding languages so much as it does the basic logic behind all of those languages — command inputs and robot outputs.
Dash and Dot don’t want to just be boys’ toys, though. Wonder Workshop is making sure that they’re marketing their robots to both boys and girls, doing their part to help remove barriers of entry that girls who want to get into computer programming have to face. Sounds like so far, so good — over the past year, Dash and Dot have found their way into thousands of homes, and we’re hoping for more of the same in 2016.
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