<Expand Learning> Dash & Dot Robotic Fleet </code>

Funded! This project reached its funding goal on Sept. 25, 2017, 3:23 p.m.

Still needed of $1,034.65 goal
  • My Class Needs Dash & Dot to code & create our robotic future!

    Launched April 29th, 2017 Project Deadline September 26th, 2017
    Classroom Size 30 Students School Size 380 Students

    My Students

    Our students come from a multitude of countries, and we utilize STEM opportunities and emerging technologies to improve life chances, empower students and get them excited about school! We have educators and students utilizing computational thinking, and together build computers from donated equipment, making sure all students have access to technology, boosting student involvement and learning to unprecedented levels.

    How will this project impact them?

    Programming and building robots contributing to human progress and exploration is a challenging concept. We have limited resource budgets to purchase emerging technologies that help enable and grow student learning in ways unheard of before. Our goals for student understanding is simple. We want to know robotic design can be responsive to identified needs, understand that tasks will require the acquisition of additional skills, and that complex tasks may require multiple tools and technologies. But especially for our female students, when given the opportunity, are empowered and flourish exploring robotics and coding. Dash & Dot robots help all our students probe, participate, inspire each other, and collaborate together on the problems of tomorrow.

    Project Report

    from Mr. Wiebe

    My Grade 6/7 class has been all over our Dash & Dot robots since the day they arrived. We're breaking programming down into steps (blocks) using Blockly, and for some of our more advanced users, we have been exploring Apple's Swift Playground. Swift Playground not only teaches students the "Swift" programming language, but the interaction and "level up" of the code required for the robots to function really pushes student engagement, intrigue and learning.

    Furthermore, and in addition to my classroom using these resources, we are also running an after school Coding & Robotics Club where we have challenges and even more advanced programming taking place. Having Dash & Dot opens up opportunities for students who are not in my class to also be able to use these fantastic learning tools.

    Dash & Dot is a great step into coding and programming, and makes bridging the gap between our beginners and advanced programmers possible.

    My students are now the Dash & Dot "experts" in the school and are using their knowledge and expertise to teach other students and teachers. It really gives them a voice, and celebrates a different type of "smart." Teachers love learning from students, and engaging with fellow teachers also builds a sense of school-community across all our grade levels.

    In terms of student feedback, you saw one example from the CBC Report, but I have also heard things like:

    "math makes way more sense" or "learning to program makes big problems seem much easier to understand" or "Mr. Wiebe i've mastered Dash's programming, what is next?" and lastly, "I totally want one of these at home."

  • Where the $1034.65 goes


    Wonder Workshop Dash & Dot Robot Wonder Pack - Turquoise

    Best Buy Canada

    View Item Online
    $329.99 x 1 = $329.99

    Wonder Workshop Dash Interactive Robot Toy (DA01) - Blue

    Best Buy Canada

    View Item Online
    $179.99 x 3 = $539.97
    Shipping & Handling $0.00
    Provincial and Federal Taxes $104.40
    Fulfillment Materials * $45.00
    3rd Party Payment Processing Fee ** $15.29
    Project cost excluding donation to support myclassneeds.ca $1,034.65
    Optional donation to support myclassneeds.ca *** $0.00
    Project cost including donation to support myclassneeds.ca $1,034.65
    1 donor -$1,034.65
    Still needed $0.00

    * Fulfillment Materials: This covers the costs of fulfilling the project, including purchasing and coordinating the delivery of classroom resources. This also supports the processing of thank-you cards and pictures from teachers and students to donors, including printing, postage, labels, envelopes, cover sheets, etc.

    ** Payment Processing Fee: An average of fees charged to MyClassNeeds for processing donations (e.g. credit card payments through a secure server). We have worked hard to select the most secure option for the cost.

    *** Optional Donation to My Class Needs:  An optional donation to support My Class Needs calculated at 15% of your donation. This gift to the charity, which you can opt out of during the donation process, supports the work we do to engage teachers, build awareness, and to generally run MyClassNeeds. Please note that project resources are not withheld if this amount is not raised.

    Disclaimer: MyClassNeeds (MCN ) is the charitable affiliate of Curriculum Services Canada (CSC). MCN and CSC do not endorse or promote any particular supplier, product, or service requested by the teachers through our online crowdfunding platform. MCN assesses every project to ensure that the requested resources represent the most economical and impactful approach to enriching students’ learning experience.

    MCN will contact the school administrator associated with the specific project and ensure that the administrator has given approval to the project to go ahead and that the resources requested meet the fundraising guidelines within their province, board or district and school.

    MCN will seek competitive prices from various suppliers to ensure the best possible price for the materials and services. Where available, MCN may (at our discretion) suggest lower-cost alternatives that may accomplish the same project goals. Our suggestion of an alternate option is not an endorsement by either MCN or CSC of the supplier, product or service and the final decision on the choice of resource is made by the teacher(s) themselves.

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by Mr. Wiebe

Curtis Wiebe is a Grade 6+7 teacher within the Surrey School District, and a graduate of the UBC BEd. Elementary Program in the Personalized Learning and Technology Cohort. He continues to present on technologies in his classroom, build school and district tech capacity, and enjoys beta...

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