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Implementing VEX 123 STEM Labs

STEM Labs are designed to be the online teacher’s manual for VEX 123. Like a printed teacher’s manual, the teacher-facing content of the STEM Labs provides all of the resources, materials, and information needed to be able to plan, teach, and assess with VEX 123. The Lab Image Slideshows are the student-facing companion to this material. For more detailed information about how to implement a STEM Lab in your classroom, see the Implementing VEX 123 STEM Labs article.

Goals and Standards


Students will apply

  • Collaboratively establishing Robot Rules as best practices for using the 123 Robot in class.

Students will make meaning of

  • How using the 123 Robot with care will allow it to work properly and last longer.

Students will be skilled at

  • Speaking the rules and care practices within your group and classroom, and begin to act upon them in activities.

Students will know

  • How to use and take care of the 123 Robots in practice within the classroom.



  1. Students will develop Robot Rules and clear expectations for how to work with the 123 Robot and each other in their classroom.


  1. Students will collectively develop Robot Rules for their classroom through role play activities in the Engage section, and in a guided discussion in Play Part 1.  In Play Part 2, students will engage in a guided exploration of a variety of scenarios in which they test their Robot Rules.


  1. Students will collectively develop a written Robot Rules document in Play Part 1. Students will refer to this document in the Mid-Play Break and Play Part 2 sections.

Connections to Standards