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
- Using 123 Robot to solve an authentic problem.
- Using engineering and VEX 123 to solve an authentic problem.
Students will make meaning of
- How to solve an authentic problem like engineering a bridge using the iterative process.
- How to make the 123 Robot move using the 123 Robot and VEXcode 123.
Students will be skilled at
- Connecting the 123 Robot to their device.
- Downloading a project to the 123 Robot.
- Running a VEXcode 123 project on their 123 Robot.
- Using the drivetrain commands in VEXcode 123 to make their 123 Robot move.
Students will know
- How to make their 123 Robot move another object across the bridge using VEXcode 123.
- Students will create a bridge using the iterative process.
- Students will understand how to pair a 123 Robot and device, download a project from VEXcode 123, and run a project.
- Students will identify the VEXcode 123 commands needed to move their 123 Robot across the bridge.
- In Play Part 1, students will construct a bridge using recycled materials over the 123 Tile wall implementing the iterative process until successful.
- In Play Part 2, students will understand how to pair a 123 Robot and device and download and run a project after observing the teacher modeling the steps.
- In Play Part 2, students will create a VEXcode 123 project that moves their 123 Robot across a bridge.
- During Share, students will showcase their project and bridge. Students will be assessed by using the iterative process to problem solve engineering a bridge.
- During Share, students will demonstrate their understanding of how to pair a 123 Robot and device and download and run a project by presenting their project to the class.
- During Share, students will show their 123 Robot moving across a bridge that they created.
Connections to Standards
Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
1A-AP-12: Develop plans that describe a program's sequence of events, goals, and expected outcomes.
How Standard is Achieved: During the Play Part 2 section, students have the ability to create their own VEXcode 123 project. Beyond simple commands, students must authentically look at how to use a sequence of code to solve the problem of going over the bridge. The students will be asked by the teacher to describe their goals and expected outcomes throughout the STEM Lab.