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Wonder Workshop Wins Oppenheim Toy Portfolio's Highest Honor

Monday, November 21, 2016

Last month, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio awarded Wonder Workshop's Dash robot its highest honor: The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. Earlier this year, Oppenheim also gave Dash the Gold Seal award.

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An Hour of Code with Wonder Workshop

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

You don’t need to spend much time in a computer science department or a technology company to realize that there’s a gender imbalance. Women make up only 18% of CS majors in the US, and that percentage has been declining over the last 30 years. These trends are especially concerning because technology is only going to become more and more prevalent our lives. CS is the highest paid college degree, and programming jobs are growing at twice the national average.

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Designing Tech That Engages Girls (and Boys) — Hint: It’s Not About Pink!

Monday, November 7, 2016

You don’t need to spend much time in a computer science department or a technology company to realize that there’s a gender imbalance. Women make up only 18% of CS majors in the US, and that percentage has been declining over the last 30 years. These trends are especially concerning because technology is only going to become more and more prevalent our lives. CS is the highest paid college degree, and programming jobs are growing at twice the national average.

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A rural town in Ohio shows strong in the international Wonder League Robotics Competitions

Friday, November 4, 2016

One afternoon Bridget Scofinsky’s 11-year-old daughter Ella told her that she wanted to be a robotics engineer. Being part of a small rural community in Northeast Ohio, there weren’t many learning programs for curious and budding engineers, so Bridget did what any enterprising mother who also happened to be a teacher would do. She started a robotics club of her own at Damascus Elementary, the school that she teaches in.

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Dash & Dot now work with Apple Swift Playgrounds

Thursday, October 20, 2016

We are excited to announce Wonder Workshop’s latest effort to bring the wonders of coding and robotics to every child. The new integration with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds Playbook gives children (and adults) the ability to see their Playgrounds programming come to life through our robots Dash and Dot.

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Teaching standard curriculum using robotics

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Robotics can be used to help students learn important core topics such as English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics. As personable characters that ignite curiosity and confidence, Dash & Dot are especially useful in project­style lessons that are cross­curricular and exploratory. Students may need to program Dash to complete a science experiment, using mathematics to calculate distances and angles, and then write a report on their findings to present to the class. Robotics is a great way to keep kids engaged in topics that they might not find interesting on their own.

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Teacher Projects with Dash & Dot

Check out some of the cool things teachers are doing with Dash & Dot in the classroom. Click the link below and follow the Pinterest board to stay updated about new projects.

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9 Awesomely Cool Coding Projects for Kids Using the Dot and Dash Robots from Wonder Workshop

Monday, August 18, 2015

Recently, I wrote about how totally in love I am with the Dot and Dash Robots from Wonder Workshop. So it makes me extra happy that they have joined us as as our newest Cool Mom Tech sponsor because, well, we all adore them!

(Also, so does every kid who comes over and begs to play with “those cool blue robot things” that have a permanent home in our living room.)

What’s even better is that the free Blockly app (iOS and Android) that pairs with the robots has a new update every single week, meaning it’s constantly packed with tons of new puzzles and playful projects that are actually doable without an engineering degree, thanks to an easy drag-and-drop visual coding platform that’s perfect for kids about 8 and up. Maybe a little younger with your help.

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Wonder Workshop Gets $6.9 Million—and a Home in Apple Stores

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Few startups can claim Apple as their first retail partner. But today, Wonder Workshop can brag about that—along with a fresh $6.9 million in venture capital.

The San Mateo, CA-based startup behind a duo of programmable robots raised the funds from WI Harper Group, with existing investors Madrona Venture Group, CRV, Maven Ventures, Bright Success Capital and other angels also participating in what CEO and co-founder, Vikas Gupta, says is a Series A1 round. The company has now raised $15.9 million in venture capital.

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Toys That Teach the Basics of Coding

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Why play with a toy when you can hack one? Puzzlets, Sphero Sprk, and Dash and Dot make it fun for kids to learn the ABCs of programming.

There's more to computer programming than figuring out what inscrutable words like “augop” and “del_stmt” mean. Sure, you’ll have to master the vocabulary, as you do with any foreign language. But the more fundamental challenge is grasping the underlying concepts of coding. How do you get a machine to report the current temperature? Or find you a particularly promising blind date? Or drive your car while you ride along reading “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters”?

The programs that make these seemingly complex tasks possible may indeed be highly complex, but they’re all created using the same basic building blocks. Ones, it turns out, that are sufficiently simple for a child to master.

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The Toys That Could Help Close Silicon Valley's Gender Gap

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

When it comes to getting more girls interested in coding, research shows you should start early.

As early as second grade, girls begin to form stereotypes associating boys with math, according to a 2015 study conducted by the University of Washington. By the time they enter college, men are already more than four times more likely to have an intention to major in computer science and engineering than women, the study found.

Vikas Gupta, CEO of Wonder Workshop, didn't like these numbers, and was upset that his 4-year-old daughter would be discouraged from learning the tools of the tech trade.

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Can Programmable Robots Dot and Dash Teach Your Kids to Code?

Monday, September 7, 2015

Technology startup Wonder Workshop says its toys aim to fuel children’s imaginations as well as their technical skills.

“We wanted to build something accessible to a young child. Most robotics kits are geared to much older children, but we wanted to create something that right out of the box was appealing to five-year-olds all the way through to 10 and 11-year-olds,” says chief executive Vikas Gupta.

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Meet Dash & Dot!

Thursday, September 2, 2015

Coding is the new creative tool. Hands-on play is the key to understanding the concepts of coding. Dash & Dot unlock your kid’s creativity and bring imagination to life. Wonder Workshop combines the tactile experience of an engaging Science lab experience with the modern day critical thinking objectives connected with learning basic coding.

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