Wonder Workshop Named Winner of Opening Minds USA™ Innovation Award

January 5th, 2015

CHICAGO– Opening Minds USA™ today announced Wonder Workshop is the winner of its second annual Innovation Award.  The San Mateo, California-based Wonder Workshop was selected for its innovative approach to teaching code to children ages 5 and older using a pair of robots called Dot & Dash.


Dash & Dot are capable robots that can sense their environment and can be programmed wirelessly using a touch device.  The combination of their sensors, the child’s friendly programming tools on touch devices, and the design of the robots makes it fun and easy for kids to do several activities with robots.


Vikas Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO of Wonder Workshop, will be on hand at the Opening Minds USA Conference & Expoto accept the honor at an awards reception on Friday January 23, 2015 at 7pm, at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Hotel.


Tickets for the awards ceremony are $25 each and can be purchased at http://innovationawards.openingmindsusa.org/.


The Opening Minds Innovation Award, a signature Opening Minds event, honors individuals and organizations throughout the nation whose innovations advance the field of early childhood care and education.


During the awards ceremony, Opening Minds will present the Service to Young Children Award to Renee Bevis, RN owner of Child Care Health Solutions. As a child care health consultant for more than 15 years, Bevis says she feels privileged to work in a caring profession that combines the nursing process and amusing world of young children and their development.


In a private reception on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Hubbard Inn, WTTW’s President and CEO Daniel J. Schmidt will be honored with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Schmidt is being honored for his leadership and commitment to producing award-winning, public programming that advances early childhood education.


Opening Minds USA™ is the trusted advisor and resource for professionals and organizations that educate and care for young children. We design experiences, offer novel solutions and put good ideas to use to advance the entire early care and education industry for a global community. To learn more, visit us at www.openingmindsusa.org.


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