Using Sketch Kit with Dash: Robot Code Breakers (Gr. 4-6)
One of Dash’s heroes is a man named Alan Turing, a British computer scientist who helped the Allies win World War II by breaking secret codes sent by the Germans. Dash enjoys paying tribute to Turing by designing unbreakable secret codes. In this lesson, students will create a coded alphabet system and then program Dash to use the Sketch Kit to write out secret messages to their classmates.
- Program Dash to sketch symbols from a coded alphabet system.
- Use loops to make programs more efficient.
- Measure angles in order to accurately rotate Dash for their programs.
Curriculum Connections Summary
- Ontario - Mathematics - Algebra (Coding)
- Quebec - Mathematics
- New Brunswick - Mathematics
- Nova Scotia - Mathematics & ICT
- Alberta - Mathematics & ICT/CTF
- British Columbia - Mathematics & ADST
- Manitoba - Mathematics
- Prince Edward Island - Mathematics
- Saskatchewan - Mathematics
- Newfoundland & Labrador - Mathematics
- Yukon Territories - Follow's B.C.'s Curriculum
- Northwest Territories - Follows Alberta's Curriculum
- Nunavut - Follows Alberta's Curriculum
Robots & Accessories
- Dash robot (1 per group)
- tablets (1 per group)
- Sketch Kit marker attachment (1 per group)
- Sketch Kit dry erase markers (2–3 colors per group)
- Wonder Whiteboard Mat and/or butcher paper (1 per every 2 groups)
- [Optional] Hands-On Code Blocks (1 set per pair)