Meet Dash & Dot! Dot is a puppet master who instigates the adventures that Dash goes on. When you toss, shake, or pick Dot up, Dot sends a signal telling Dash what to do. Dot can also tell stories using lights, sounds, and eye expressions! Dash is an explorer who zips around the room, getting into mischief along the way. Using sensors, Dash can detect objects in front and behind, and hear where you are.
This robot has quite the personality and becomes more capable as you program and play. Dash is an exciting, hands-on learning tool for students in grades K-5! Targeted at teaching creative problem solving and computational thinking, Dash helps students learn fundamental processes relevant for all 21st century skills. Students send commands to the robots to move them, light them up, and have them detect the world around them using 4 free coding applications available on iPad and Android tablets. Learning Objectives: Teachers use Dash & Dot to teach a variety of subject areas including the following:
- Computational thinking:Analyse problems and design algorithms to program robot actions and reactions using Blockly, a visual drag-and-drop coding tool.
- Maths: Explore concepts like the number line, geometry, angles, distance, time, and variables.
- Science:Learn about the scientific method, or program Dash to mimic behaviour in the natural world.
- Engineering:Develop design thinking skills by building extensions on the robots with LEGO® bricks.
- Creative writing and the arts: Explore storytelling, drawing, and even music.
- Drive: Dash can drive forward, backward, turn left (spin), and turn right (spin). There are two wheels beneath the left and right side of Dash’s body. You can steer Dash by changing the speed and/or direction of either wheel.
- Head Motion: Dash can look up (25 degrees), down (10 degrees), left (120 degrees), or right (120 degrees).
- Lights: There are 12 LEDs in Dash’s eye. In Dash’s ears (E) and chest (C), there are RGB LEDs. In Dash’s tail, there are 2 red LEDs.
- Sounds: Includes a variety of pre-programmed sounds!
- Microphone: Dash has 3 microphones, allowing Dash to hear claps and identify the direction of your voice.
- Distance sensors: Dash 2 distance sensors in front (F) and 1 in back (B), allowing Dash to detect obstacles in front and objects behind with infrared lights.
- Buttons: Dash has 4 programmable buttons.
- Lights: Dot’s eyes have 12LEDs and RGB LEDs in Dot’s ears and eye
- Sounds: Includes a variety of pre-programmed sounds
- Microphone: Dot has 1 microphone, allowing Dot to hear claps and voices
- Buttons: Dot has 4 programmable buttons
- Accelerometer: Dot’s accelerometer allows Dot to know when you are tossing, shaking, moving or tilting Dot
Download the lesson plan book to instantly get access to lesson ideas, activities and to find out how Dash can help to integrate cross-curricular topics into your lesson plans.This book provides teachers withideas on how to integrate Dash & Dotin the classroom for coding as well asother STEM subjects. These activitiesare designed to encourage studentsto think in new ways with hands-onapplication.
Will my Device work? Check the list below to make sure your device and OS is currently supported. We are constantly working to add more devices so check back often if you don’t see your device. Apple iOS Devices: Tablets: iPad 3, 4,iPad Air 1, 2, andiPad Mini 1, 2, 3 with iOS 7 and up are all compatible with all 4 apps (Path, Blocky, Xylo and Go) Phones: iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, andiPod Touch 5with iOS8and up are only compatible with the app Go. The other three apps (Blocky, Xylo and Path) are not compatible.
Android Devices: Tablets: Nexus 7 (2013)**,Nexus 9,Galaxy Note 10.1,Galaxy Note Pro 12.2,Galaxy Tab 3, 8.0, 10.1,Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, 10.1,Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, andGalaxy Tab S 8.4, 10.5 with OS version4.4.2and up are all compatible with all 4 apps (Path, Blocky*, Xylo and Go) Phones: Galaxy S4, S5 withOS version 4.4.2 and upare only compatible with the app Go. The other three apps (Blocky, Xylo and Path) are not compatible. You may be able to download and use our applications on other iOS and Android tablets and phones, however not all applications will be optimized for these devices. * The current version of Blockly on Android cannot save programs, and doesn’t have pre-loaded default programs. ** The Nexus 7 (2013) can only connect to one robot at a time. We recommend that Nexus 7 users purchase Dash only.