Robot Messenger

Play Ideas

Send a special message using Dash & Dot!

What you'll need:

  • Dash
  • Dot
  • Tow Hook
Set up Time

30 minutes

Supplies
  • String
  • Toys
  • LEGOs

Mission:

Send a special Valentine’s Day message or gift to a friend using Dash & Dot, your trusty robot assistants! Think about what message you would like to send, and how you might program it through sounds, movements, colors, or lights!

Setup:

  1. Do you have something special you’d like to send? Using accessories (like the tow hook), LEGO®, and props, build Dash into a delivery bot.

  2. Dash & Dot are great communicators. You can use lights, sounds, and movements to send your message. Build a program in that represents what you are trying to say through Dash & Dot.

  3. Plan out the route your robots are going to take! Is there a special delivery you want to make? Use Path or Blockly to measure out your route. Insert sounds and events that help you send your message!

  4. What obstacles might Dash & Dot encounter along the way? Be sure to navigate around furniture, doors, and other things between you and your friend.

Play Options:

Go App

Suggested for Ages: 5+

Path App

Suggested for Ages: 5+

  • Draw a path for Dash to go pick up Dot! Then attach Dot to Dash using the tow hook and send it back to the beginning!
  • Can you use sounds and events to tell a story about this special delivery? Challenge yourself by adding obstacles!
  • How quickly can you complete this delivery? Using as few paths as possible, how can you complete this task?

Blockly App

Suggested for Ages: 8+

  • Can you use Blockly to plan a sequence of commands that will take Dash to Dot? Then, using the tow hook accessory, can you program Dash to take Dot back to the start?
  • Using the fewest number of blocks possible, how can you accomplish this task?
  • Using Control blocks, how can you introduce events to complete this challenge?
  • Challenge yourself even more by adding obstacles and timing yourself!

Xylo App

Suggested for Ages: 5+