Wonder Workshop creates innovative coding language for kids turns robotics into every child’s play
October 1, 2015, San Mateo, Calif. –Wonder Workshop, creators of robotics and hands-on play that makes computer science accessible to young, curious minds, today launched ‘Wonder’, a coding language designed uniquely for kids, available through the same-named Wonder app for iOS. Designed to code the way we think, Wonder is used with the award-winning real robots, Dash and Dot, making robotics a delightful experience for every child. The Wonder app is available for free download for iOS now, and will be released for Android later this month. The Wonder app will be available to use on iPhone 4S and newer, iPad Minis, and iPad 3 and newer.
Robotics combines hands-on play and on-screen manipulation to provide the best avenue for children to learn the basics of Computer Science. The Wonder app features an interface designed for children, combining unstructured play with hundreds of in-app challenges to guide them to success. Enabling children to explore the vast capabilities of Wonder Workshop’s real robots, Dash and Dot, the Wonder app puts advanced robotics programming in the hands of children at a young age.
“Coding and robotics are 21st century building blocks that give children the power to create, be curious, and succeed,” stated Vikas Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO of Wonder Workshop. “We’ve developed a language that gives our plans and intent an immediate visual form with the touch of a finger. This intuitive interface will help every child discover robotics as never before, and bring robots like Dash and Dot to life with their creativity.”
Designed for children 8 and up, kids use the Wonder app to program Dash and Dot’s capabilities, developing elaborate behaviors for the robots. Dash and Dot become more capable as children discover new abilities through their coding experiments, advancing through project-based puzzles and gaining ‘Bot IQ’ for their robots as they explore the Wonder app.
With the launch of the Wonder app, Wonder Workshop also releases Dot as a standalone product at $49.99, offering every kid access to critical computer science experiences. Dot is the brains of a robot, and comes with multiple games children can play – and later program these themselves – right out of the box, such as a Magic Dot Ball, a Light Sword, Dot Pong, and the Dot of Music. The Wonder app comes with hundreds of in-app challenges for children to explore robotics with Dot.
“With Wonder and our other free apps, kids have access to hundreds of robot games to play with. As children get to know the brains of these smart robots, and gain an understanding of how they work and what they can do, kids become creators and invent new games all on their own,” added Saurabh Gupta, co-founder and CTO of Wonder Workshop.
Working with an iPad or tablet and the full suite of free Wonder Workshop apps, Dash and Dot were created with the mission to bring coding and robotics to children at a young age, while making real robotics accessible and affordable to families everywhere. Dash and Dot are sold globally and are also adored by teachers in over 600 elementary schools across the US and internationally.