SAN MATEO, Calif., June 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Wonder Workshop today announced the integration of its popular Dash robot into Swift Playgrounds, Apple's educational coding app for iPad, which boasts over one million users. Beginning today, students will be able to control Dash, using the Swift programming language, learning the fundamentals of coding, creative problem solving, and computational thinking. Wonder Workshop's Swift Playground book and "sandbox" will provide students with a deep, hands-on coding and robotics experience.
"We are thrilled to support Apple in their efforts to expand access to formative experiences in computer science education for students worldwide," said Vikas Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Wonder Workshop. "We designed Dash & Dot to inspire students to explore coding and learn vital science and technology skills through engaging, hands-on activities. Starting today, students will be able to see their Swift code come to life through our robots."
Dash & Dot are programmable robots that bring coding to life for students and encourage student's exploration of computer science principles through activities and language they can understand. The award-winning robots have been adopted in more than 12,000 elementary schools worldwide and are the basis for the fast-growing Wonder League Robotics Competition. With a magic mix of robust hardware and sophisticated software, Dash & Dot encourage interest in computer science for students through their early teens.
"Through our Swift Playgrounds books, students can write the code on one half of the screen, illustrates the code on the other half, and now then can see their code run in real time, in the real world," said Mike Lorion, Vice President and General Manager for Education at Wonder Workshop. "Dash brings a unique experience to students learning to code through Swift Playgrounds thanks to the multiple built-in motors, sensors, LEDs, and audio capabilities. Dash can do anything from reacting to the sound of a clap to performing a victory dance to detecting and avoiding obstacles."
Swift Playgrounds 1.5, with support for Dash, will be available as a free download on the App Store beginning today. For more information, visit: www.apple.com/swift/playgrounds.
For more information on Wonder Workshop's Dash & Dot, please visit www.makewonder.com.
About Dash & Dot
Dash & Dot are award-winning, hands-on learning tools that teach K-5 students creative problem solving, coding and robotics. Designed for teachers to use alongside classroom-tested, state standards-aligned curriculum built by fellow educators, Dash & Dot encourage interest in STEM fields at formative ages and across gender lines. Both robots arrive ready-to-use, yet they are highly customizable for creative learning applications. Dash & Dot interact through Wonder Workshop's five mobile applications, allowing children to extend learning into the physical classroom and bring STEM concepts to life. Applications for Dash & Dot are intuitive to allow students to translate ideas into visual, picture-based coding. Wonder Workshop apps that come along with the robots are compatible with more than 25 iOS, Kindle, and Android devices including the iPad 3, iPad mini, iPad Air 1 & 2 and a variety of Nexus and Samsung Galaxy devices.
About Wonder Workshop
Based in San Mateo, CA, Wonder Workshop was founded in 2012 by Vikas Gupta, Saurabh Gupta and Mikal Greaves, inventors, designers, programmers and parents with the mission to make coding a new creative tool that is accessible for children from age five and beyond. Wonder Workshop launched Dash & Dot in December 2014 and within its first month, delivered more than $3.5M in robots to 37 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, European countries, India, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Today, Dash & Dot are in more than 10,000 elementary classrooms. The company has currently raised $15.9 million in funding from Madrona Venture Group, CRV, WI Harper, Google Ventures, Bright Success Capital, Maven Ventures, Vikas Gupta, Reza Hussein and Jeff Schox. For more information, visit http://www.makewonder.com.
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