Illustration of Dash moving past action blocks

Meet Dash and Dot: Animation, Drive & Look

Dash & Dot No Coding Experience Introduction

Description

In this activity, learners can explore different visual and kinesthetic options for a connected robot. This activity provides an on-screen and sensory experience for learners to discover and become familiar with the control settings of Dash and Dot. Once a visual and/or kinesthetic option is selected on the device, Dash and Dot can demonstrate the selection with a real-time visual and/or kinesthetic output. This interactive activity encourages learners to use their sensory ability to identify cause and effect and inspires creativity.

Steps

  • Open Block.ly or Weavly and connect with Dash or Dot robot.
  • Find the setting panel for animation.
  • Select three different animation options to see on Dash or Dot.
  • Find the setting panel for drive.
  • Select three different drive options to see on Dash or Dot.
  • Find the setting panel for look
  • Select three different look options to see on Dash or Dot.

Tips

  • Ensure operational batteries are available.
  • Ensure Dash and Dot is operational prior to the activity.
  • Set up a large flat surface for Dash and Dot to detect visual and/or kinesthetic changes.

Change it up

  • Complete this activity again with different setting options for animation, drive and look options that were not chosen before, if any remain.

Skill Development

  • Creative Thinking
  • Metacognition
  • Observational
  • Planning

Level Up

  • Increase the length/distance of drive option in control settings for Dash and Dot to play.
  • Complete this activity again with different setting options for animation, drive and look options that were not chosen before, if any remain.