Learning to code is the best shot your child has at success in the 21st century — and it must start with hands-on play at a young age. Play is a powerful teacher — and Dash and Dot that make robotics and coding every child’s play.
在 Wonder Workshop，我们在儿童时期培养编程能力。林肯积木和乐高积木是过去几代人的积木玩具，而编程是 21 世纪儿童的工具。我们专为 6 岁及以上儿童设计编程语言，让他们掌握游戏编程能力。想像新的冒险并将它们实现，儿童使用代码将我们的角色和机器人变成可以陪他们玩游戏的伙伴，并在这个过程中掌握这种编程语言。有了 Wonder Workshop 以及 Dash 和 Dot 机器人，每个孩子都可以用积木创造无限可能。
In 2012, the founders Vikas, Saurabh, and Mikal got together with a simple yet big mission - to make coding meaningful and fun for kids. At that time, there was no Dash & Dot or even robots in the picture. One of the first prototypes was a modular robotics kit that you could program by adding different types of blocks to it.
We decided that adding physical objects to change the program was too limiting. You could only add a few things before your car became unwieldy. We wanted our product to have a low floor but a high ceiling. We knew that concepts are more concrete to kids when they are expressed in a tangible, real-world way. But what if the physical object was a platform that you could use with a touch device? That was when the robot was born.
The robot you see looks really different from Dash & Dot. We spent a lot of time in kids’ homes user testing to see what form factors would appeal to them. At first, girls were uninterested in our designs. They compared the robot to a “boy’s toy” and said that it looked “like a car.” After we made the decision to hide the wheels, the robot suddenly became engaging to girls in addition to boys!
As we geared up for our crowdfunding campaign, we had to make a quality prototype of Dash & Dot. The entire team went to the unveiling of the robots from a local factory that helped us print them! Check out Dash & Dot before they had their coats painted on. True story: we made big last minute changes to Dot right before the crowdfunding campaign. Originally, Dot didn’t even have an eye!
November 2013 was a whirlwind month for us. The entire team helped out with the crowdfunding effort on everything from responding to support emails to doing demos of Dash & Dot at various companies in the Bay Area. After many long days, we wrapped up the month with over $1.4 million of robots sold. We were humbled and inspired that so many people were excited about our mission!
As we entered 2014, the pressure was on. We had to design for manufacture, do countless rounds of tests at each stage of production, and build a software team to work on our applications all in less than a year. Here is one of the first engineering test units that our partner manufacturer made.
During Summer 2014, we had our first engineering production robots come down the line. We could finally hold the Dash & Dot we spent so long working on in our hands. We see this product launch as phase one of delivering our commitment to you, our customers. We will continue to improve our play and learning experiences in the coming months and years. This is just the beginning of our story.
Vikas 推动 Wonder Workshop 的愿景、战略和成长，将产品送到世界各地儿童的手中。Vikas 在 14 岁时学习使用 BASIC 语言编程，后来他创建了 Jambool 公司，于 2010 年被 Google 收购。之前，他在 Amazon 领导支付和网络服务团队。Vikas 有两个孩子，他和女儿（第一个孩子）相处的时光为他带来灵感，激发了创建 Wonder Workshop 的想法。