Wonder Workshop, a company focused on robotics and hands-on play for children, has announced the release of its Wonder app on iOS devices, aimed at teaching children computer science through the appropriately-titled ‘Wonder’ coding language. The app connects to Wonder Workshop’s real-world robots, named Dash and Dot, and allows users to program actions for the robots using cues within the app.
Designed for children eight and up, the Wonder app offers level-based challenges, which focus on teaching the robots to perform specific ‘behaviors,’ like activating sounds or animations, by connecting behaviors with ‘cues.’ These cues can be things like button presses or hand claps, as examples.
These level-based challenges allow the robots to learn new abilities, while a Free Play mode encourages children to experiment on their own with the abilities they’ve unlocked, and create new behavior strings for the robots to complete.
In a statement, Vikas Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Wonder Workshop, commented:
Coding and robotics are 21st century building blocks that give children the power to create, be curious and succeed. 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.
The Wonder app is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store, and is coming to Android later this month. By downloading the app before purchasing the robots, parents can get an idea of what their children can expect if they do invest in the products.
Alongside this launch of the Wonder app, Wonder Workshop has released the Dot robot (the smaller of the two) as a standalone product, priced at $ 49.99. Dot comes with games children can play immediately, but can also be programmed by children as they learn to do so. Dash, meanwhile, is the larger robot, and is available for $ 149.99. Users can purchase a bundle containing both Dot and Dash for $ 199.95. Additional accessories are available to purchase on the Wonder Workshop website.