Sunday, January 17, 2016

Programming *Fun*

This fall I've been trying to up our time spent on learning coding.  To that end, when I learned about Wonder League and the Dash & Dot robotic competition I figured we should give it a shot.  We ordered our Robots (Dash & Dot) and I put the kids to work unlocking all the code challenges in the app and working on the "missions".  Bentley was valiant.  Jake and Viva gave it a half hearted attempt.

Alas, we did not win.  We gave up in frustration.

Many of the missions relied on angles and straight lines and precise measurements used to navigate around cups on a 9x9 taped out grid.  Dash couldn't drive a straight line, he had a rather severe drift.  We contacted the manufacturer and they sent us a new Dash.  He was still rather drunk and swervy.  And we were rather irritated.  *This is my non-positive marketing non-plug, BTW!*

Back to Bentley.  He put in many hours and did a great job learning about programming.  It's just too bad the actual competition experience didn't work out!

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