Dash & Dot: Dash & Dot Are So Random (Gr. 4-6)


So much around us happens randomly. How can Dash and Dot simulate random events when they have to follow a strict algorithm? In this lesson, students will learn how random variables can be utilized in computer programs.


  • Understand what random variables are and when to use them
  • Write a program that uses a random variable
  • Find measures of center for a set of data and use them to describe the data

Lesson Procedure

  • Class 1: Low Tech Magic 8 Ball (20 minutes)
  • Class 2: Magic Dot Ball (20 minutes)
  • Class 3: Programming Challenge (30 minutes)


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