Thanks to Wonder Workshop, the we had an amazing Computer Science week that included robots!!! The kids were so excited to meet and interact with Dash and Dot!
"We get to use a robot? Awesome!"
With some classes, I just introduced Dash and ran a code where Dash turns, drives forward, and repeats until he hits an obstacle. We sat in a big circle and waited to see who Dash would run into. The kids loved it! I ran it enough times, so the kids could pick out the pattern that made up the code.
"Dash is soooo cute! I love Dash!"
The energy and excitement in my room was AMAZING!
At the end of the week, I made a tape maze on the floor and had kids code Dash through the maze. We worked together as a class. During my fifth grade class, every student was completely engaged as we problem solved the code. On that day, we were working with only one Dash and one iPad.
"Oh, so you use the code like we are making on the computer to control Dash!"
I worried that some kids would get bored not having their hands on the tech for most of class. NOT SO! They loved giving suggestions to the student holding the iPad and were just as excited when they had a turn.
During 3rd quarter, all my students K-5 will be working with the robots. I can't wait!