Introducing coding and computer science into every classroom is the new American “moonshot”. From President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union address to the new curriculum mandates in San Francisco, Chicago and New York City, educators are placing a high priority on exposing students to these important 21st century skills.
Sunburst believes it’s important to establish age appropriate, hands-on STEM, coding, programming and critical thinking routines at all grade levels. The key when looking at new programs is to make sure that Sunburst doesn’t just “react” to the call for 21st century skills, but it effectively introduces the new disciplines fully into the academic schedule.
There is only one coding and robotics solution developmentally appropriate for early childhood audiences, Wonder Workshop. Dash & Dot are designed as an instructionally sound solution suitable for early learning. Sunburst customers are adopting the lovable robots at a breakneck speed. The program touches key social, emotional and cognitive learning principles proven vital for every young learner’s success. Sunburst is grateful to have become Wonder Workshop’s leading distributor.
“Sunburst Digital is a natural partner to help us with our mission of enhancing coding education in schools,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO and co-founder of Wonder Workshop. “We’ve designed an easy-to-use, hands-on solution that directly supports the teacher’s everyday work rather than making it more difficult. Their team dove right in, and listened to our own passion for helping kids and teachers.” As part of the company’s mission to bring coding education into every classroom, Wonder Workshop launched its 2nd annual“Wonder League” this month. The competition begins this fall (with registration taking place now). The League is the first network of elementary code clubs inspiring students to learn code through immersive robot challenges.
Wonder Workshop is available from Sunburst at http://wonderworkshop.sunburst.com
About Sunburst: Sunburst has connected educators with technology and digital content solutions for three decades. We sell, support, and provide curriculum services directly to schools. Our solutions are found in more than 95% of US school districts. We selectively work with educational development companies launching products by helping schools and partners take risk out of innovation. We believe implementing instructionally sound digital content solutions enhances teaching and raises outcomes. www.sunburst.com
About Wonder Workshop: Wonder Workshop launched Dash & Dot in 2014 and within its first month, delivered more than $3.5M in robots to 37 countries including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, European countries, India, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Today, Dash & Dot are in more than 2,000 elementary classrooms. Based in San Mateo, CA, Wonder Workshop was founded in 2012 by Vikas Gupta, Saurabh Gupta and Mikal Greaves, inventors, designers, programmers and parents with the mission to make coding a new creative tool that is accessible for children from age five and beyond.