SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Wonder Workshop, maker of the award-winning Dash and Dot robots that make learning to code fun for kids ages 6-12, announced its “Give Wonder” donation program and equipped five deserving schools across the U.S. with the robots and tools they need to implement successful computer science programs.
“So many teachers and schools are unable to afford computer science technology for their students. Our mission at Wonder Workshop is to make coding and robotics fun and accessible for kids everywhere,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO and co-founder of Wonder Workshop. “The best holiday gift we could imagine was to give less fortunate students access to technology that can help them learn the skills they need for the future.”
Wonder Workshop’s robots are used in over 8,500 schools worldwide and the Give Wonder program is part of the company’s ongoing efforts to bring coding into more classrooms. As part of the donation, Wonder Workshop is also helping students join the millions of kids participating in the annual Hour of Code™ organized by Code.org during Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), December 5-11, 2016. Selected schools received multiple Dash and Dot robots, Kindle tablets, Code.org gear, enrollment in Wonder Workshop’s Wonder League, and special access to Code.org volunteers to help coordinate their Hour of Code activities next week.
“We believe that every student deserves the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of computer science,” said Hadi Partovi, founder of Code.org. “Wonder Workshop shares our goal of reaching more classrooms and inspiring students everywhere to get excited about computing. No matter what field you go into, knowledge of computer science will build critical skills and help you succeed."
Wonder Workshop received over 500 applications for its Give Wonder program from October 21, 2016 to November 14, 2016. Schools were selected for their commitment to furthering STEM education, and their support of extracurricular activities for students with more limited educational opportunities.
The five schools receiving Wonder Workshop’s Give Wonder donation this year include:
- Cleveland Elementary in Cleveland, NC: Cleveland Elementary is in a rural farm community where most of the students live at or below the poverty level. They have limited access to even basic technology tools for learning.
- Dr. Charles Drew Elementary in San Francisco, CA: Dr. Charles Drew Elementary is a Title 1 school where a majority of students are African American and almost all qualify for free or reduced lunch.
- Eastside Memorial Vertical Team (EMVT) in Austin, TX: EMVT is a group of eight schools in the Austin Independent School District, serving over 3,000 students with over 77% economically disadvantaged. The team’s primary initiative is advancing its STEM curriculum and ensuring students are participating in real-world STEM experiences.
- Gunnison Valley Elementary in Sterling, UT: Gunnison Valley Elementary has limited access to technology. The few technical classes that are available have a 30 to 1 male to female ratio, and the closest computer science programs are over two hours away and beyond the financial means of most students.
- P.S./I.S. 113 in Glendale, Queens, NY: P.S./I.S. 113 is a K-8 school with a wide range of special education and ELL students, which is fully committed to integrating computer science into its curriculum as well as leading the charge to promote computer science programs for other schools in the community.
“I am so grateful Wonder Workshop is helping us take a step in the right direction with computer science,” said Angela Monogioudis, teacher at P.S./I.S. 113 in New York. “I would like my students to be exposed to computer science and learn that there are important things they can accomplish in their future. Who knows...maybe one of my students will be the future Steve Jobs, who finds a passion in computer science and spreads knowledge to others. You couldn’t ask for a better gift this holiday.”
For more information and to see photos of classes who received sponsorships, please visit the Wonder Workshop blog.
About CSEdWeek/Hour of Code
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science that has reached over 100 million students in more than 180 countries. The grassroots campaign is organized by Code.org every year during CSEdWeek, a one-week effort to raise awareness of the computing field in schools during December. The Hour of Code is supported by over 400 partners and 200,000 educators globally. Join this year's Hour of Code for CSEdWeek from December 5-11, 2016 at hourofcode.com!
About Wonder Workshop
Wonder Workshop was founded in 2012 by Vikas Gupta, Saurabh Gupta and Mikal Greaves, a team of inventors, designers, programmers and parents sharing a mission to make coding a new creative tool that is accessible for children from age six and up. Today, Dash and Dot are used in more than 8,500 elementary school classrooms around the world, and children in more than 57 countries are using Wonder Workshop to ignite curiosity and confidence through play while learning essential 21st century skills. Learn more about the San Mateo, CA-based company by visiting https://www.makewonder.com/.