Wonder for Dash and Dot Robots

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Cute robots + simple coding with option to save programs.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the logic and processes involved with robotics programming using this visual language. They'll choose the commands they want to use and drag them into place, connecting them in the order they'd like. They can incorporate conditional clauses (if I do this, then do this) and looping (which truly is visually a loop on the screen) to their programs and customize sounds and movements. Through other Wonder Workshop apps or in Wonder's Scroll Quests, kids get to practice the commands they've learned to create their own programs and watch them run on the robots. With Wonder for Dash & Dot Robots kids are empowered to create and control the digital elements they love to use.

Ease of Play

Complexity ramps up quickly, but lots of guidance and in-app help available.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dash and Dot are a pair of robots that must be purchased to use with Wonder for Dash & Dot Robots. A suite of five apps can be used with the robots, and this is one of the more advanced, sophisticated titles. The robots require a device with a Bluetooth connection and must be connected to the app each time kids play. Kids can create their own routines for the robots to complete and save the routines for the robot to complete without the app, just by pressing a button on the robot. Read the app's privacy policy to learn about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

With WONDER FOR DASH AND DOT ROBOTS, kids use a coding language to drag commands into order for Dash or Dot to complete. Kids complete puzzles to learn hands-on what the robots can do. As they complete the quests, memories that tell the story of Dash and Dot's invention are unlocked along with different special abilities. Using commands to control lights, colors, sounds, motions, movements, and special effects, kids can make Dash or Dot complete all kinds of fun routines and save them to the robot so they can show off with the touch of a button.

Is it any good?

This fun and kid-friendly introduction to robotics is absolutely adorable with Dash and Dot's darling personalities. The visual commands are easy to pick up on but are still challenging enough to engage older kids. With more than 300 puzzles plus the option to make your own programs, the possibilities for creative and technical fun are endless. Taking the fun of Blockly for Dash & Dot Robots one step further, this installment includes a fun narrative element and the option to transfer a routine to the robot so it can run without the app: Kids simply press the top button on the robot to run the program. Kids will have lots of others ways to customize programs by putting together different movements, sounds, and colors -- even recording their own sound effects. Though the robots are prohibitively expensive for many families, the potential for learning and fun is great, and perhaps the prices will fall over time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about their visions of what robots will do for humans in the future. Ask kids how a robot would make life easier or more complicated.

  • Show kids how circuits work using copper wire and batteries to complete simple circuits, and help them understand more about how electronics work.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: logic, thinking critically
    Creativity: innovation, producing new content
    Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (Requires a Dash or Dot robot, which retail for $49.99–$199.99.)
  • Release date: October 19, 2015
  • Category: Education
  • Topics: Robots
  • Size: 105.00 MB
  • Publisher: Wonder Workshop
  • Version: 1.1.10
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later

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