Tracing Shapes with Dash
In this activity, students plan and build a sequence of movements to trace simple shapes.
- Difficulty Level: Advanced
- Prep time: 5 minutes
- Technology: Windows, Mac or Chromebooks with a Chrome web browser, Internet access, Dash robot
- Materials: A large sheet of paper, tape, markers, printed Shapes for tracing Download Shapes Document
Step by Step Prep
Place a large sheet of paper on a hard and flat surface and tape its edges.
Tip: If you are doing this activity on a tabletop or an elevated surface, block the edges to prevent robots from falling.
Tape a marker on each side of Dash.
Tip: Make sure the marker tips can touch the paper.
Place one of the printed shapes on the large sheet and tape it to secure it in place.
Tip: If you don’t have access to a printer, you can draw or use masking tape to build a shape on the large sheet of paper.
Turn on Dash and start using the coding environment to make Dash trace the shape on the paper.
Tip: Traced lines may not be straight and accurate as markers may move in different directions.