How Robots Can Help Avoid “Summer Slide”:

Summertime means a break from school but does it mean a break from learning?  If you ask my kids, the answer would be yes but if you ask me, the answer is, “NO”.

I’m not going to lie.  It’s nice not to have the stress from homework every night, especially with after school activities and a very busy schedule.  At the same time, I don’t want my children’s brain to turn to mush on their summer break and ruin all the progress that was made over the last school year.  Avoiding summer slide is difficult because our children have no desire to do summer homework and feel the earned their summer break.

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First off, what is summer slide?  A new piece of playground equipment?  Nope.  According to Children’s Friend, a non-profit organization, Summer Slide is the process of a child losing the formal information, knowledge and skills acquired during the school year over their summer break.  There are many ways to avoid this from happening and there is no reason our kids can’t keep up with their studies in a fun and relaxed way during these few months off from school.

Enter Dash and Dot, Robots that teach kids how to code.  While Lincoln Logs and LEGOs were the building blocks of past generations’ play, coding is the tool of the 21st century kid.

Wonder Workshop builds coding languages uniquely designed for kids ages 6 and up, putting the power of play into their hands and we all know that play is a powerful teacher.

Dreaming up new adventures and bringing them to life, kids master this language by transforming their characters and robots into ready-to-play pals with code. Wonder Workshop provides kids with the building blocks to push the boundaries of what is possible.

Dash is a real robot, charged and ready to play right out of the box. Responding to voice, navigating objects, dancing, and singing, Dash is the robot kids have always dreamed of getting their hands on.  Various apps are used to create new behaviors for Dash.

Dot is the brains of a robot and comes with several games built in.  Using free apps you can download, kids can make over a hundred more games.   Dot is truly the best introduction to coding and robotics with hands-on play, opening up imagination and creativity.

When Dash and Dot arrived at our door, my kids were so excited to check them out and get started.  Setting them up was really simple and within minutes, they were already coding and Dash was roaming around my house.

My kids were very eager to try everything all at once so we downloaded all of the suggested apps on our phones and were recording our voices, making lights go off and understanding the concept of creating something and then watching that creation in motion within minutes.

My seven year old absolutely loved S.T.E.M projects at his school and now he can continue to challenge himself during the summer.  Your children may actually already be using Dash and Dot in the classroom.  In fact, over 3000 elementary schools are using the robots to bring coding to life in the classroom.

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In addition, there are opportunities to start a coding club at your  school, which is really cool.  The Wonder League is a worldwide community of clubs inspiring the creators of tomorrow through robotics and coding.

Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 5.35.28 PMDid you know it takes $25,000 to open a new school for basic education of children in a developing nation? With every Dash that ships to a customer, Wonder Works contributes $1 towards that goal, working in partnership with Pencils of Promise, an organization that creates schools, programs, and global communities around the common goal of education for all.

There are so many reasons to love these robots.  Our kids are already way too familiar with our phones and tablets, but instead of playing mindless games, they are actually preparing themselves for the future and not even realizing it.  Dash and Dot are helping children think differently, helping them understand how things around them work, and gives them the power to create and succeed in a digital world.  Pretty cool, right?

The apps works with your Apple, Android & Kindle devices and are free and easy to use.  Now is the perfect time to have your kids discover Dash and Dot because it doesn’t feel like they are learning and the last thing on their mind in the summer is learning.  It’s so important that we keep their brain stimulated while on break from school and avoid Summer Slide.

My kids are officially hooked on Dash and Dot, the new additions to our household.

There is actually a Wonder League Robotics Competition that your children can participate in.  Teams from around the world and their Dash & Dot robots face off each year in the first ever competitive robotics event for kids 6+. Last year, over 1500 teams participated in the team sport for the mind.

This year’s competition starts in October 2016! For more information, visit competition.makewonder.com.

To learn more about how to get your kids coding, visit makewonder.com.

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