Dash & Dot: Biography Timeline STEAM Project (Gr. 4)


Students will work independently or with a partner to research and create a timeline depicting a famous person's life. They will program their robots to travel along the timeline, clearly stating important facts relating to their person's life.


  • collaboratively program Dash to tell about a person's life
  • clearly record important facts about their person's life.
  • illustrate their timeline and create an optional costume for Dash to become their person
  • program Dash to tell the story of their person's life using movement, sound, and lights

Educational Standards


  • Grade 4 - Language, Reading, Writing, Oral

British Columbia

  • Grade 4 - ELA, ADST


  • Grade 4 - ELA, ICT, Foundational Operations, Knowledge and Concepts

Lesson Procedure

    Class 1: Research (60 minutes)

    Class 2: Intro to Dash (60 minutes)

    Class 3: Create a timeline (60 minutes)

    Class 4: Programming (60 minutes)

    Class 5: Sharing & Extensions


Robots and Accessories

Other Supplies

  • Butcher paper
  • Pencils
  • Meter sticks
  • Markers
  • Masking or scotch tape
  • Colored construction paper and pipe cleaners (for optional Dash costumes)
  • Tablets - (See Compatible Devices)

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