Programming robots and learning coding skills in elementary school? The days of the ostracized “computer geek” are over and now we are teaching our children to program at incredibly young ages.
Leading the computer programming movement is Make Wonder, a company that has developed programmable robots for children.
Dash and Dot are two fun loving robots that just want to get from point A to point B and perform various tasks with the help of programmable commands.
Children can pick up LEGO blocks, catapult various items, and even play a real xylophone with help from these friendly robots.
To promote robotics in early childhood, the team at Make Wonder has launched Wonder League a worldwide community of robotics and coding clubs focused on elementary coding and robotics.
More than 4200 clubs worldwide are registered for the Wonder League, nearly four times the amount of teams who participated in the 2015 Wonder League Robotics Competition.
The clubs were set up as a way to promote the company’s robots while promoting STEM education.
Educators can register a club of three or more students between the ages of 6 and 12 with access to one set of Dash & Dot robots.
Registration is open through July 10, 2016 which still gives educators time to sign up.
In October 2015 the Wonder League Robotics Competition invites Wonder League clubs to “save the environment” by completing coding lessons and challenges.
The grand-prize winning team will receive a $5,000 STEM grant for a school or not-for-profit organization of the team’s choice.
Registration for the competition will open on August 15, 2016, and the first round of mission challenges will be released on October 17, 2016.
“We’ve seen a tremendous growth in the amount of teachers and students ready to embrace computer science instruction in a fun and explorative way,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO and co-founder of Wonder Workshop.
“Collaboration makes computer science accessible for all students, no matter what age or background,” he added.
The school district with the highest percentage of schools participating in the Wonder League by July 10, 2016 will receive a $10,000 grant in Wonder Store credit to bring computer science instruction to elementary schools with Dash & Dot.
You can learn more about the Wonder League at clubs.makewonder.com
Check out last years finalists in this adorable video from Make Wonder: