Robots Help K-5 Students Learn About Coding Through Core Subjects
Robot creator Wonder
Workshop has made Dash, Dot and Blocky,
three robots that can be programmed with four different apps to respond
motion, sound and expressions. Accompanying the robots is a
curriculum supplement intended to make coding instruction more
teachers of students in grades K-5.
The 21 classroom-tested lesson plans Wonder Workshop
released are meant to be a supplement to instruction in core subject
math, science and English language arts (ELA). They are available
teachers' portal that Wonder World hopes teachers will use to
one another as well.
"Teachers often find it hard to take class time to
coding unless the lesson plans align directly to the required
Michelle Eckstein, a technology teacher at Peak
to Peak Charter School in
Lafayette, CO. "Using Blocky and Dash and Dot, teachers are empowered
bring coding skills into their classroom while addressing Common Core
With the portal, educators can test out, rate and
feedback on existing lessons, as well as create new ones. The portal
an interactive school map that will help educators learn about
nearby schools who are also using Dash and Dot to teach their students
Wonder Workshop launched Dash and Dot in December
schools are already using the robots in their classrooms.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.