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Dash and Dot Robots Projects

Dash and Dot robots are cute round robots from the Wonder Workshop for kids elementary school age. Kids play with them to have fun and learn about technology.

The Dash and Dot robots can be programmed with Blockly, a fairly easy language to master like Scratch. With Blockly you create a step, for example, play a sound, then define the sound as a lion roar. Or create a step and move the robot 10 spaces backwards. The combination of steps determines how the robot will move, when it will move, and what it will do.

There are a number of projects the Wonder Workshop group has collected on their website. If you have Dash and Dot, these might fun projects to try.

Interactive Art

Take about 30 minutes to set up dominoes, Jenga blocks, and other materials to create artwork. Then use Blockly to program the Dash and Dot robots so they don’t blunder through your artwork and knock everything over.

Robot Filmmaker

If you have a smartphone with video capability, you can attach a smartphone mount to Dash then program Dash to shoot video from its point of view. Plan ahead to have Dash run around and shoot video to tell a story.

 

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