Wonder Workshop, the makers of the programmable Dash and Dot robots have just announced they’re sponsoring a competition that focuses on kids solving problems through coding. Called the Wonder League Robotics Competition, kids between the ages of 6 and 11 can form teams of up to six members with an adult supervisor and work together to solve missions using the robots and the recently released Wonder app.
The competition launched a few days ago. All teams should be finalized by Nov. 1. The missions are provided to the teams via email, then the kids have to complete the missions and submit their answers with a video illustrating how they solved the problems. All the answers must be submitted by Dec. 1. Then Wonder Workshop will select the best responses and invite those teams to compete in the final round. All of the winners will be announced on Dec. 10.
Obviously in order to enter, you have to have one Dash and one Dot robot. Wonder Workshop is providing a $20 discount on the robots for those entering the competition. A Dash and Dot pack costs about $200. The apps used to program the robots are free.
There a few tiers of prizes. The grand prize winner gets an all-expenses paid STEM Field Trip to California to learn from top engineers, game designers, and animators. The winning team will get to:
- Meet artists who work on the Minions at Illumination Entertainment
- Tour Universal Studios
- Learn from game makers at EA
- Present to engineers at Google
Other prizes include free Dash robots for every member of the top four teams, special edition t-shirts for the top 10 teams, and State Championship certificate for the best team from each state. More details on the Wonder League Robotics Competition can be found on the Wonder Workshop website, where teams can also purchase the robots with the discount.