SAN MATEO, Calif., July 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In preparation for back-to-school season, Wonder Workshop announced today that Scholastic Book Fairs, a division of Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, will feature two of its Dash & Dot robots in the company's 2017-2018 Scholastic Dollars™ Catalog, a collection of books, furniture, software and other merchandise that schools can purchase with proceeds from their school book fair. Designed to teach students coding, creative problem solving, and robotics, Dash & Dot are used in more than 12,000 elementary classrooms worldwide and are also featured in the fast-growing Wonder League Robotics Competition, where students design solutions to real-world science and technology challenges by programming and building extensions for the robots.
"Dash & Dot are on a mission to inspire all children to become creators through exploring and pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Our collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs expands access to a fun and engaging onramp to coding and STEM to millions of students," said Vikas Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Wonder Workshop. "Scholastic is a well-respected, mission-oriented company, and we're excited to pair Dash & Dot with their curriculum resources to support teachers as they explore the wonders of robotics and project based learning."
Dash & Dot robots bring the creativity and critical thinking of coding to life for students. The programmable robots nurture students' exploration of STEM principles through activities and language they can understand. With a magic mix of robust hardware and sophisticated software, students as young as five years old can discover a world of learning and fun via lovable robots that encourage problem-solving by exploring the possibilities programming creates.
"Scholastic Book Fairs provides schools and libraries with books and educational materials that foster a lifelong love of learning in students," said Lou Ann Justus, Executive Director of the Scholastic Dollars Catalog."Our collaboration with Wonder Workshop reflects the growing demand from educators for practical, thoughtful resources that expand access to computer science and provide hands-on creative experiences for young children."
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. 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. 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.