Tag: Teaching

Webinar: Introducing Coding Pathways

WEBINAR DETAILS AboutTeaching coding is about to get a whole lot easier! Our Class Connect platform for teachers enables you to …

Amy Wilson

08 17, 2022

Apply to Join the Class Connect Customer Council

Amy Wilson

06 29, 2022

Easing Teacher Burdens: Virtual Dash is Your Partner in the Classroom!

Teaching Coding and Robotics is about to get a whole lot easier. Join us in this webinar where we will …

Amy Wilson

05 23, 2022

2021-22 WLRC Winners Announced!

Amy Wilson

04 21, 2022

15 Inspiring STEM Books for Women’s History Month

Amy Wilson

03 01, 2022

Our Annual Winter WONDER-land Roundup of Activities!

Amy Wilson

12 14, 2021

Class Connect Just Got Better!

We’ve turbocharged Dash and Class Connect to challenge kids with new, standards-aligned Math Activities. New view. New content. The same …

Amy Wilson

08 27, 2021

Awards That Will Surely Inspire Future Teams and Creators of Tomorrow

Guest Blogger

04 09, 2021

10 Inspiring STEM Books for Women’s History Month

Guest Blogger

03 04, 2021

Code the ABCs and the 123s with Dash

Guest Blogger

02 25, 2021

10 Inspiring STEM Books for Girls of Color

Guest Blogger

02 18, 2021

20+ Winter WONDER-land Activities for Dash, Dot, & Cue

Wonder Workshop

12 04, 2020

5 Reasons why Learning Pods at home are an opportunity to accelerate 21st century skills

Vikas Gupta

08 16, 2020

Learning A New Language: Coding and Programming For Kids

Guest Blogger

07 08, 2020

The Wonder League’s Honorable Mention Awards

Guest Blogger

06 15, 2020

The Wonder League’s Top Teams & $5,000 STEAM Grant Grand Prize Winners Announcement

Guest Blogger

06 08, 2020

Dash’s Neighborhood

Vikas Gupta

05 20, 2020

The Wonder Challenge

Wonder Workshop

04 24, 2020

Virtual Summit Keynote Highlights

Vikas Gupta

04 13, 2020

Guest Post – Using Dash, Dot and Cue Across All Curricular Areas

Bryan L. Miller

02 05, 2020

Introducing Wonder Workshop Class Connect

Today, we are excited to announce a brand new tool for educators called Wonder Workshop Class Connect, available for a …

08 08, 2019

WLRC’s Top Teams & $5,000 STEM Grant Grand Prize Winners Announced!

Congratulations to all of the teams that participated in this year’s Wonder League Robotics Competition.   We have been eagerly …

Guest Blogger

05 02, 2019

The Adventures of the Code Crackers – 2018 Wonder League Robotics Competition Winners

Guest Blogger

01 25, 2019

Acer and Microsoft Sponsor the Wonder League Robotics Competition

Guest Blogger

12 07, 2018

New Game Design Unit for Cue’s Applied Robotics Curriculum!

12 05, 2018

20+ Winter WONDER-ful Activities for Dash, Dot, & Cue

Editor

11 29, 2018

Webinar | Constructing a Maker’s Mindset with DIY Materials

Editor

11 29, 2018

Who Doesn’t Like a Thanksgiving Day Parade?

Editor

11 22, 2018

Dancing with the Robots Video Contest

Editor

11 20, 2018

A Cornucopia of Thanksgiving Ideas for Robots in the Classroom

Editor

11 12, 2018

Teach Wonder Day Savings are Back!

Editor

11 06, 2018

Get Ready for the Hour of Code 2018!

Editor

10 31, 2018

Meet Our Outreach Team at Upcoming Fall 2018 Events!

Editor

10 31, 2018

Student Motivation: More Carrot, Less Stick

Guest Blogger

10 30, 2018

The Wonder League Robotics Competition Is Launching!

Editor

10 11, 2018

7 Honorable Mentions provide LOTS of WLRC Inspiration

Editor

10 11, 2018

Happy Birthday to Dash & Dot: The Little Robots That Can — and Did!

Vikas Gupta

09 13, 2018

6 Activity Packets to Use Throughout the School Year

Editor

09 04, 2018

NEW Professional Development Course: Teach Wonder for Middle School Teachers!

Editor

08 27, 2018

Bringing the Learning Power of Coding and Applied Robotics to Middle School Classrooms

Mike Lorion

08 22, 2018

Voice and Choice in Middle School Coding and Robotics

08 22, 2018

What Can You Do with a Box?

Editor

07 16, 2018

Takeaways from This Year’s ISTE Conference

Editor

07 05, 2018

Wonder Workshop Heads to the Windy City

Guest Blogger

06 24, 2018

Mark Your Calendars … for Teach Wonder Day!

Editor

06 23, 2018

Make It a Summer of Wonder

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06 11, 2018

Want to Close the STEM Gender Gap? Start in Kindergarten

Editor

03 06, 2018

Wonder League Robotics Competition: Mission Two Released

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10 30, 2017

Some Say Stubbornness, I Say Perseverance

Editor

09 28, 2017

10 Innovative Solutions for Robot Storage Carts

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09 07, 2017

5 Inspiring Videos to Help You Get Started

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08 31, 2017

Dash & Dot’s Favorite “Stuff”

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08 22, 2017

STEM Grants and Funding Resources!

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08 16, 2017

Wonder League Coaches’ Guide

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08 14, 2017

Empowering Students to be Technology Leaders — “Techsperts!”

08 02, 2017

Time to Register for the Wonder League Robotics Competition

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07 31, 2017

Sign Up on Edmodo for the Wonder League Robotics Competition

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07 31, 2017

Kicking Off the 2017–2018 Wonder League Robotics Competition

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07 31, 2017

Overview of Our New K-5 Learn to Code Curriculum

07 10, 2017

Wonder League Robotics Competition

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06 15, 2017

NEW! K-5 Learn to Code Curriculum

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06 15, 2017

Announcing the Winners of the 2016–17 Wonder League Robotics Competition!

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03 21, 2017

Joy + Grit: Winning Combo for Developing Growth Mindsets

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03 15, 2017

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: https://store.makewonder.com/products/dash

Check Device Compatibility here: https://www.makewonder.com/compatibility

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 https://store.makewonder.com

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 support@makewonder.com, 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 www.makewonder.com/classroom/robotics-competition/ 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.