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10 WONDER-ful New Year’s Resolutions

Jan 2, 2018

For Dash, Dot, Cue, & You in 2018

2018 is upon us, so why not make some New Year’s resolutions that are a little less, well, anxiety-inducing? Instead of promises of diets and decluttering, try these 10 Wonder Workshop resolutions instead. (We promise … they’re much more fun!):

1. MEET FRIENDS: Who doesn’t need a new friend in the new year? Meet Cue, our witty new CleverBot who’s perfect for middle schoolers, whether they’re just starting out with coding and robotics or are ready to up their game by transitioning from block-based code to text-based programming. More education-specific resources for Cue are coming this year!

2. BINGE A BIT: On the good stuff, that is! So you’ve unboxed your new CleverBot (do share with us @WonderWorkshop), and you wonder what to do next? Check out our five tutorial videos to help you get started with the robots in your classroom.

3. START SMALL: Small things often have big rewards, so introduce your preschoolers to Dash with Puzzlets, tangible icon-based tiles that control Dash’s lights, sounds, and movements, all without a screen! Read more about Puzzlets for Dash here.

4. BE A KID: Put yourself in your students’ shoes, and become familiar with Dash, Dot, and Blockly by trying some of our kid-facing Learn to Code Challenge Cards yourself! Perfect for students in grades K-5, these 72 cards cover six fundamental coding concepts.

5. PLAN AHEAD: Check out the scope & sequence for our K-5 Learn to Code Curriculum. Our 30 lesson plans + 6 assessments — all FREE— cover six fundamental coding concepts. Our curriculum is aligned to’s Computer Science Fundamental series and is designed to meet ISTE, CCSS, and CSTA standards.

6. READ MORE: Do you know we have a blog (maybe you do if you’re reading this)? Follow us at “Teach Wonder” on to get tips and tricks and hear from our guest educator bloggers about best classroom practices.

7. GET SOCIAL: In 2017 we established some social media channels for our favs … teachers! See clever activities on Twitter (@WonderWorkshop) as well as posts on Facebook ( and Instagram ( We are focusing on Pinterest ( and a new YouTube channel just for you in the new year.

8. WRITE & CREATE: What are you planning on doing with your students and Dash, Dot, and Cue? Share your original lesson plans with us and the rest of our Wonder Leaguers! Describe how you use the CleverBots across the curriculum, with connections to core subject areas like ELA, math, science, social studies, and the arts. We see the most creative CleverBot ideas born out of the classroom!

9. JOIN A MOVEMENT: This year, resolve to join the Wonder League, a growing group of educators, students, and parents dedicated to bringing coding to life through robotics. You will have access to exclusive ongoing team-based challenges to raise the bar around creative problem-solving! These challenges culminate in our annual Wonder League Robotics Competition.

10. LET LOOSE: Whew! New Year’s resolutions are now out of the way. Have fun with your students as always, and we hope their enthusiasm for coding and robotics will be inspiring. Learn alongside them and make our CleverBots part of your journey throughout 2018.

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.