Dash: Coding First, Robot Building Next, A Hands-On Learning With Robotics

While many STEM kits require kids build a robot first and program it second, Wonder Workshop takes a different approach. Its $149.99 Dash robot comes pre-assembled and ready to teach programming lessons right out of the box. And its app is addictive. Kids, even those who can't read all the text directions in the software, will learn a lot from Dash and even more from optional accessories like the $39 Sketch Kit.

Dash’s expressive personality inspires children to incorporate Dash into their daily lives as their partner in crime and sidekick. Dash can greet you as you’re coming home for school, help you deliver a message to a friend, follow you around the house, and instigate adventures and explorations. Dash remembers your code and grows more intelligent as you play together.

Kids can watch their virtual coding turn into tangible learning experiences in real time as Dash, with its performance and multiple sensors, interacts with and responds to its surroundings.

A thoughtful design and approachable personality make Dash the perfect companion for both boys and girls, right out of the box -- no assembly (or experience!) necessary.

Dash comes ready to play, and getting started is easy with simple Bluetooth connectivity. By downloading any of Wonder Workshop’s Dash & Dot apps to a smart device and connecting the robot, kids can enjoy the exciting benefits of hands-on learning with robotics! Using the easy-to-navigate Dash & Dot apps to program Dash to perform an infinite number of tasks, including racing with other Dashes, talking, and more, kids can immerse themselves directly into entry-level coding! 

Dash comes with two blue LEGO connectors that snap onto Dash’s ears, allowing you to build other things onto Dash. This is a great way to combine an analog toy you probably already have with Dash and really get creative.

Dash can’t teach your kids an actual programming language—you would have to move up to Cue for that—but it can help your kids to think the way a programmer thinks, figure out steps and put everything together. Some of the hints meant to be helpful don’t seem geared towards a young child’s reading level, and precise movements aren’t possible since the angle and distance controls are only in multiples of five, but overall this is an excellent toy that should hold a child’s interest for a long time. (tomshardware.com)

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