Using Robots to Create Art: Dot and Dash Edition

By |2018-07-05T06:23:35+00:00January 13th, 2017|

Lately, I have been thinking about how to integrate technology and visual arts in classroom in a more visual way. The A in STEAM is an equal participant and sometimes it is seen as an afterthought. So I am focusing on ways to create STEAM lessons wherein the artistic product is just as important as the process itself.

Using Robots to Create Art, Visual Arts in Classroom, Education Closet

I have been playing around with the idea of using robots to create artwork in the classroom.  There are many examples of how machines and technology assist artists in the creation of their masterpieces, so what about using the robot as an artistic tool, like a marker or paintbrush?

In this article, I will discuss our visual arts in classroom adventures with our robots, Dot and Dash, and provide a round-up of links/ideas for creative play.

Visual Arts in Classroom: Dot and Dash by Wonder Workshop

My art classroom recently received 2 very special robots named Dot and Dash from Wonder Workshop. These robots can be controlled and coded using Wonder Workshop’s 5 Apps that are free and available for phones and iPads.

We were so excited to open the boxes in class! My middle school students instantly fell in love with them.  When you turn them on, they immediately interact with their surroundings! They speak, dance, sing, act like light swords, move, laugh, and accumulate Robot IQ the more you work with them. Instantly, the students treated them like our class pets or mascots. 

Our ultimate mission was to figure out how to create artwork with them. We focused on Dash because this robot moves and we were able to navigate it. Some of the attachments that helped us in our quest, were the LEGO-compatible connector pieces that come with the robots. We brainstormed on how to attach a marker. How could we use this attachment best? What could we put on it to help Dash hold a marker? What would Dash’s artwork even look like? How much could we, as artists, control?

We are in the process of experimenting further, but the next day, a student brought in a LEGO arm/hand from an old set to observe Dash’s artistic abilities. A small group of students set out to test this and the results were amazing. Using Wonder Workshop’s Blocky coding app and Wonder app, Dash began moving around the paper with a marker in hand. You can see our progress during these Dash and Dot activities in the image below.

Art By Dash The Robot, Education Closet

Dot and Dash Project Links

Dot and Dash can also work with Makey Makey. Dash can actually use a Makey Makey to play the drums! Check out this wonderful YouTube video. The “Dash & Dot Show” have many episodes showing the amazing things that these little friends can do!

Here Are Some Other Dash and Dot Activities 

Helpful EducationCloset Links

How can robots be used for Creative Play as Visual Arts in Classroom? Let us know in the comments below!

3 Comments

  1. MaryLu Ringwood January 23, 2017 at 6:10 am - Reply

    Hi, I love this post and really want to check out some of the links, but none of them are working. Not sure if I am doing something wrong. Thanks
    MaryLu

    • Susan Riley January 23, 2017 at 7:49 am - Reply

      Thanks for letting us know MaryLu! The links must not have connected when we published. All fixed now!

  2. Carolyn Thom January 23, 2017 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Nooooooooooo! You have taken the humanity out of creation! This is STEAM gone too far!

Leave A Comment

Looking for a FREE conference to attend? Check out the Online Winter STEAM Summit.LEARN MORE
+ +
Share This