Computer science education is becoming increasingly critical in providing children with opportunities relevant to the world they are growing up in. At Wonder Workshop, we believe in giving every child the opportunity to learn to code. To help teachers bring Dash and Dot into their classrooms, we are funding 10% of qualifying Donors Choose projects.
Through this program, we hope to enable teachers like you who are passionate about giving their students opportunities in our rapidly changing world.
Here are the requirements to qualify for our matching program:
Because we are committed to expanding access to underserved communities, high or highest poverty schools will be given priority. Need a little inspiration? This is what a kindergarten teacher from Oklahoma City had to say about his DonorsChoose.org project:
“Robot time is a great motivator, and I try to capitalize on that by using the robots to help teach literacy and math (usually in centers or small groups). I’ve had students go from the bottom of the class to the top. Those little robots make learning fun and addictive. They’re also a fantastic introduction into the world of coding. To so many students, robots are something off of a TV or movie screen. It’s so fun to see their faces when they discover that they’re real, and that they will get to use them! Dash & Dot make the classroom an exciting place to be, and an exciting place to learn!” — Wes Dicken, kindergarten teacher at John Rex Elementary in Oklahoma City
Joaquin Miller Elementary School in Oakland, CA
Here are some tips for getting off the ground.
Start here. Simply follow the steps on the DonorsChoose.org website to get verified and start your project.
Tell the world about your students and why they need to learn to code! Read about projects that have been successfully funded to get a sense of what to say.
You can use this description of Dash and Dot, and feel free to modify it:
Dash & Dot robots are hands-on learning tools that teach creativity, problem solving, and coding to children in grades K-5. Children can see their code come to life in a real-world, hands-on way that engages them fully in the concepts they are learning about. As robotics and computers become increasingly prevalent in students’ lives, understanding programming concepts is becoming very important for students’ success. Students will work in small groups to develop their collaboration and communication abilities as they learn valuable 21st century skills. Help our students get introduced to STEM early and and cultivate their skills for the opportunities of today’s world.
Here are some things you can do to spread the word!
Dash and Dot hope to meet your students soon!
Jul 7, 2016