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Dash’s Neighborhood – Access Guide

Aug 24, 2020

Step-by-Step Guide for Accessing Dash's Neighborhood

Everything you need to get kids coding with a simulated Dash inside Blockly!

Welcome to Dash’s Neighborhood! With classroom-favorite Dash the robot now available online, every student can develop coding literacy with their own robot. Featuring the same delightful personality and interactions kids love about Dash, in an engaging 3D environment, they will love creating and exploring with their virtual Dash.

Here’s the skinny on getting access:

  1. Dash’s Neighborhood is available at no additional cost with a Wonder Workshop Class Connect license. 
  2. Users with Class Connect can access Dash’s Neighborhood from within the Blockly app on a Chrome browser or the latest Blockly app (3.3.1) on the Apple Appstore.

Step 1

Register for Class Connect

Class Connect is our online dashboard that enables teachers or caregivers to track student progress as they work through our K-5 Learn to Code Curriculum. You will see exactly what code your students wrote and which concepts were involved and the dashboard makes recommendations for which lessons kids should do next to support or advance their learning.

Once you’re in the Class Connect dashboard, make a note of your Teacher Code. You’ll need it later.

Register for Class Connect

Step 2

Go to Blockly for Chrome or Blockly for iOS

What you may not realize is that our well-known Blockly app is also available to use on Chrome browsers. The web version of Blockly is optimized for Chromebooks, but will also work on Mac’s and other PC’s.

Dash’s Neighborhood will appear inside of Blockly (for Chrome or for iOS) only after you have entered a Teacher Code provided to you inside of Class Connect. Instructions for where to enter the code are below.

Go to Blockly for Chrome Go to Blockly on the Appstore

Blockly on iPad

Click on the button that says “Manage Profiles.”

Now you’ve reached the screen with the button “Teacher Code.” Click on that.

You will see a confirmation page that asks you to confirm that you want the students (or the kids you care for) in your Class Connect dashboard to be able to access their profiles on this device. Click continue.

Enter the Teacher Code in the field provided and pick a name for the device. The device name is totally up to you.

Now you will see a confirmation page that the Teacher Code was accepted and the profiles of your students will be available on the device. Click on the “Profiles” button.

Click continue.

Step 3

Create a new project on Blockly

You are ready to access Dash’s Neighborhood! You will find it inside of the Blockly programming dashboard. Below are the steps for creating a new project and entering Dash’s Neighborhood.

Choose a profile and click on it.

Click the “Create New” button.

Click on the “Create” button in the lower right hand corner.

Now when Blockly loads, you will see Dash’s Neighborhood on the right. Click and drag the code blocks and then click the green play button to see Dash perform the commands you’ve chosen.

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.