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10 Innovative Solutions for Robot Storage Carts

Sep 7, 2017

It’s the beginning of the school year, and perhaps you’ve found yourself surrounded by Dash and Dot robots (check out our new Classroom and Tech Center Packs!). You know you need a creative storage solution to keep Dash and Dot safe. But how can you streamline a storage and mobile delivery system for your students and fellow teachers? How will you provide your students with the best access to STEM learning tools and resources? We have a solution for you — 10, in fact. Here are our top 10 innovative storage cart solutions for robots, shared by teacher leaders from K-12 schools near you.

#1 — Newport Mesa Unified School District, California: Dr. Jenith Mishne, Director of Education Technology, and her team of amazing EdTech TOSAs, Christie Darnall, Martha Felix and Melissa Price were very strategic about how they wanted to roll out a robotics program to their elementary teachers and students at 22 sites. They knew that a cart had to be durable, had to have wheels for ease of moving between classrooms, and had to have enough space to hold all the related teaching and learning materials, because their Dash STEM kits include: 7 iPads, 7 Dash robots, 7 customized floor mats, 1 teaching and learning resource binder filled with many activities and lessons, Wonder Workshop’s Curriculum Guide and Challenge Cards, an accessory kit of math manipulatives (rulers, projectors, etc.), 7 robot and 7 iPad charging cables, 14 building brick connectors, and a LEGO set. Their team decided to purchase the rugged Case Cruzer, which has foam inlay for added protection of the contents and can be locked. The K-5 teachers within each elementary building use a shared Google calendar to check out the cases. Now, all 23 sites have easy, shared access to the Dash STEM kits.

Total cost: <$200.00 for each mobile case

Follow and learn with the EdTech TOSAs on Twitter @NMUSD

#2 — Overton Public School in Overton, NE: Technology specialist Chase Christianson took a DIY approach. For his school’s solution, Chase creatively repurposed an old TV cart. He worked with the head of maintenance to add some wood panel “bumper walls” for the Dash robots sitting on top (we’ve also seen foam pool noodles used for bumper walls). Since it is a powered TV cart, Chase added a small USB charging unit that plugs right in for quick and easy charging. Chris claims it is “nothing special,” yet when he has to make the rounds to five different classrooms, his solutions make for flexible and easy mobility!

Total cost: $0.00 for the repurposed TV chart + <$5.00 for the wood panel “bumper” boards or pool noodles.

Overton Public School’s repurposed TV carts with wood panel bumpers.

#3 — Valley Preparatory School, Redlands, CA: Carrie Willis, a technology director, created a small, simple, and yet practical mobile charging cart. She bought her metal cart at Target (note: similar models can be found at IKEA, Michaels, etc.) and used heavy-duty Velcro to mount a USB power strip to the side for charging. Each level of the cart can hold at least 3 Dashes and 3 Dots. Carrie and her students like the smaller cart size for its ease of mobility within a classroom setting — simple to store in a classroom corner.

Total cost: <$40.00

Follow and learn with Carrie on Twitter @carriewillis18

Valley Preparatory School’s simple mobile robot cart.

#4 — Lou MacNarin Schools, Dieppe, Canada: Julie Roy is an immersion STEM resource teacher in the province of New Brunswick. In Joy’s school, they have 15 Dash and 11 Dot robots stored on a sturdy metal shelving unit. This solution provides easy access for both students and teachers. Julie’s goal when she purchased these shelving units for her school was to allow for plenty of access, at any time. Now, she says that any teacher (or student) can borrow them whenever they like!

Total cost: <$25.00

Lou MacNarin School’s metal rack storage cart.

#5 — Conestoga Valley School District in Lancaster, PA: Vicki Treadway, a technology coach, shared her creative mobile drawer storage cart. Her elementary principal found the cart at their Leola Elementary location, so they simply repurposed it by adding a multiport USB charger on the top. The drawers fit Dash and Dot plus their USB cables and accessories. What a compact home!

Total cost: <$80.00.

Follow and learn with Vicki on Twitter @vltreadway

Conestoga Valley School District’s mobile drawer storage cart solution.

#6 — Wayzata School District, Plymouth, MN: Dr. Brad Gustafson and the Greenwood Elementary teachers collaborated on ideas for the best mobile storage solution for their makerspace. Dr. Brad had earmarked some funding in their budget to invest in the Mobile MakerSpace fleet and supplies. Their goal was to create an ethos of innovation and design thinking. They wanted students to have the opportunity to create, build, tinker, fail, and think critically from any classroom or hallway in the school. To transport new opportunities and tools to virtually any space in their school, they have lined the hallway to the media center with their Mobile MakerSpace carts, which are Cascade models. These carts contain all the tools needed to elicit collaboration and unleash student creativity, whether they are tackling high-tech 3D printing, low-tech knitting, plastic construction blocks, or modular robotics.

Total cost: <$300.00 per cart

Follow and learn with Dr. Brad on Twitter @GustafsonBrad

Wayzata School District’s mobile makerspace cart solutions.

#7 — Oregon School District, Oregon, WI: Technology teacher Velvet Holmesshared her creative robot storage idea of a “Dash garage.” Velvet has designated a back counter of her classroom where she reuses the same box Dash was shipped in. She flips the box to use the top as a back for the “garage.” Then, she asks students to park the Dash inside the plastic liner and store a Dot on top of each open box. Her idea provides easy access for students, an organized method for storage, and an immediate charging station right next to the classroom’s iPads. Velvet has created an anytime, just-in-time way to enhance her classroom’s thematic units of study.

Total cost: FREE

Follow and learn with Velvet on Twitter @iVelvet

Oregon School District’s Dash garage storage solution.

#8 — St. Cloud Schools, St. Cloud, MN: Angie Kalthoff, a tech integrator, wrote a $90K grant to bring Dash and Dot and other STEM tools to her St. Cloud, Minnesota schools. One of her creative first-grade teachers, Lindsey Nagorski @nagorski1 came up with the idea of storing the robots in a fish tank! She explains that her first-graders treat Dash and Dot as classroom pets — they take care for them each and every day. Jenny McNew is the media specialist @31madi and Jason Menth is the Talahi Technology Integrationist at St. Cloud Schools, and they work with multiple classes at Talahi Elementary using multiple Copernicus Premium Tech Tub Charging Cart sold by Tierney Brothers and others. The robots sit on shelves connected to internal USB charging ports, securely stored in a lightweight, ventilated unit that is easy to carry or transport from room to room. Another solution their district has come up with is tapping into repurposed laptop carts from years past, and that are no longer are being used. This provides durable mobile storage and an immediate charging solution.

Total cost: $0.00 for the repurposed fish tank; $0.00 for repurposed laptop carts; about <$300.00 for the Tech Tub Charging Cart

Follow and learn from Angie Kalthoff @MrsKalthoff

St. Cloud School’s multiple robot storage solutions.

#9 — The ultimate rolling suitcase. Easy to pack, zip, load, and roll! Charlotte Cheng, our Curriculum Designer at Wonder Workshop, customized her suitcase to take Dash and Dot along when she conducts user research, visits school, or goes to conferences. A practical and sturdy way to bring your friends along for the ride!

Total cost: <$100.00

Follow and learn from Charlotte Cheng @CharlotteDraws

Wonder Workshop’s travel solution

#10 — Lastly, I found these two utility carts recently at Home Depot. Often used as wagons for the garden or beach, I thought that they’d be a great way to move Dash and Dot and all their accessories between classrooms more efficiently. Plus, these sturdy carts collapse when not being used. Ask for student volunteers to be Robot Delivery Helpers so that they feel responsible for the care and maintenance of their beloved Dash and Dot robots.

Total cost: <$100.00

Follow Naomi Harm @NaomiHarm

Home Depot mobile cart solutions.

Share your story and a picture of your creative DIY or purchased robot cart solutions with us. We can’t wait to see the ideas that you have for providing innovative robotics program and storage solutions for your student learning experiences.

Wonder League Robotics Competition FAQ | Year 8

Hello, robotics enthusiasts! If you’re here, you’re probably as excited as we are about the 8th Annual Wonder League Robotics Competition! To help you and your teams have the best possible experience competing this year, we wanted to share answers to some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Who Can Compete:

Any kid, anywhere in the world, ages 6-8 (Innovator Cup) and 9-12 (Pioneer Cup). There are two age brackets: 6-8 and 9-12 and team members have to fall within the age category at some point during the competition. Participants must be the qualifying age for their bracket on the last day of the competition, but if they gain a year during the competition, that’s OK. They won’t age out! 

Competition Brackets:

  • Innovator Cup (Age 6-8)
  • Pioneer Cup (Age 9-12)

What Makes a Team:

A team is made up of a supervising adult coach, and one or more children (up to 5). That’s right, kids can compete solo, but a coach who is 18+ is needed to help with the submission process. For multi-kid teams, each member must be in the same age bracket. Coaches may have multiple teams and can register all their teams after registering as a coach. Please keep in mind that each team will need a separate Class Connect registration.

Note: Younger students may participate in the 9-12 age category, but please be aware that the missions have been designed with older students and advanced coding skills in mind.

What a Team Needs to Compete:

Class Connect subscription

The team is made up of a supervising adult coach and one to five members

  1. Compatible device
  2. 5′ x 8′ mat of 30cm squares and basic prototyping materials
  3. Teams in 6-8 & 9-12 age brackets will need a Dash robot
  4. Internet access to download and upload materials

Teams will need one Dash robot:

Check Device Compatibility here:

We will be offering a mat image that you are welcome to use and print with your local printer, but teams are absolutely encouraged to make their own if they prefer. For more on how to make your own mat, check out this blog post.

Coaches will, of course, need internet access to download the apps and keep up with the competition as it progresses, and may want to print out some kid-facing materials that we will provide at each stage.

Class Connect Subscription:

To register for the 8th Wonder League Robotics Competition requires a subscription to Class Connect, providing additional resources like standards-aligned content assignable right inside a student’s Blockly app. Learn more about Class Connect here.

If you already have a Class Connect subscription, you have access to register a team, based on your student license amount. If you have more than one team of 5 students, you will need to purchase another Coach Success Pack or consider a larger subscription to accommodate more teams and students.

  1. A Coach Success Pack provides:
    Participation in the WLRC for up to 5 students
    Access to all Missions
    Full access to Class Connect, (including Math Activities and Dash’s Neighborhood), for 5 students and 1 teacher for 7 months
    A discount code for a Dash robot from our online store at

Please note: Teams will need a physical Dash robot to complete the Missions.
The Coaches’ Dashboard in Class Connect will help our coaches register and manage their team(s). The dashboard will be your one-stop shop for all Wonder League Robotics Competition management. You will be able to access the Coaches’ Corner–where all competition-related content and resources will be hosted–the Heartbeat community forum, and all the submission forms right there on the Dashboard.

Accessing Missions for the Innovator Cup and Pioneer Cup:

Once your purchase is completed for Class Connect, you will receive an email to activate your Class Connect license.

Once this license is activated, you will be able to register yourself as a coach and register your teams. This is done on your portal page under the Robotics Competition tab.

Once your team/teams are registered, you will get an additional email from CoAssemble, our partner hosting the missions this year. This email will state you have been registered for the “2022-2023 Coaches Corner Course”.

Click on the link to be redirected to the CoAssemble website, and you will see the course and can access the Coaches’ Corner Guide as well as the Missions (available November 3, 2022).

Still having trouble accessing all the resources in the Coaches’ Corner? If you have previously had a license to Class Connect and registered as a coach, and have not seen Coaches’ Corner added to your CoAssemble list of courses, please email us at, and we will provide assistance.

Last Year’s Missions:

Taking a peek at last year’s missions might help you get a sense of what the competition is like. Just sign in with your Class Connect subscription and register as a coach to take a peek at the previous years by going to the Coaches’ Corner and selecting the desired year.

2022-23 Wonder League Robotics Competition Milestone Dates:

Here are important milestone dates to keep in mind as coaches develop timelines for teams competing in the 2022-23 Wonder League Robotics Competition.


  1. October 21, 2022: Student Team Registration Opens
  2. November 3, 2022: Round One Opens + Five Mission Released
  3. January 13, 2023: Student Team Registration Closes
  4. January 27, 2023: Mission Evidence Submission Closes 
  5. January 28-March 5, 2023: Invitational Round Notification 
  6. February 6, 2023: Invitational Round Opens + Final Mission Released
  7. March 24, 2023: Invitational Round Submission Due 
  8. April 10, 2023: People’s Choice Voting Opens 
  9. April 21, 2023: People’s Choice Voting Closes 
  10. May 4, 2023: 2022-23 Wonder League Robotics Competition Winner Announcement

NEW Award Category: WLRC People’s Choice Award

Teams may opt in to participate in the WLRC People’s Choice Award category by creating a :30 second video explaining the Team’s Invitational Round Final Mission solution that will be shared with the community at in an “online crowd vote” competition. The WLRC People’s Choice Award allows teams to share and celebrate their work in the WLRC and encourage community support in voting for their team. This is an optional category for teams to enter and will not impact scoring of the Invitational Round submission as they will be judged by STEM and Coding experts using a published rubric.

Children’s Privacy:

We take our participants’ privacy very seriously and comply with COPPA when collecting any information. In the invitational round we ask only for the students’ first names, and request parents’ permission. For those that make it into the Invitational Round, we ask for full names, again with permission. We are never marketing, selling to, or corresponding with children. All contact is through the proxy of the coach.