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 programming skills to solve an authentic problem.
Students will make meaning of
- How to design a solution to solve the authentic problem of navigating the 123 Robot through a student-made city.
Students will be skilled at
- Building a house and road using recycled materials.
- Connecting the 123 Robot to their device.
- Downloading a project to the 123 Robot.
- Running a VEXcode 123 Project.
- Using the drivetrain commands in VEXcode 123 to make their 123 Robot move forward, backward, and turn.
Students will know
- How to make their 123 Robot move through a class- made city using forward, backward, left, and right commands in a sequence.
- Students will engineer a house and road to create a classroom city.
- Students will solve how to move their 123 Robot across a city full of houses using commands such as forward, backward, left, and right in a sequence.
- Students will pair the 123 Robot to their device.
- Students will download and run a project to their 123 Robot.
- Students will articulate the behaviors, goals, and expected outcomes of their project.
- During Engage, each student will engineer a house and road made from recycled materials to add to a classroom city.
- During Play Part 1, students will code their 123 Robot to navigate the city using forward, backward, left and right commands.
- During Play Part 1, students will pair their 123 Robot to their device before testing their project.
- During Play Part 1, students will use VEXcode 123 and follow the necessary steps to download and run their project.
- During Play Part 1, the teacher will facilitate the activity by asking discussion questions to prompt students to explain the goals of their project.
- Students will have to design a plan to navigate the houses and roads using the 123 Robot.
- During Play Part 2, students will code their 123 Robot to navigate the city again, but this time they must plan their route to avoid certain obstacles in the road.
- During Play Part 2, after the students edit their project from Play Part 1 to now address obstacles, students will have to ensure that their 123 Robot is still correctly paired to their device before testing their edited project.
- Once students have created their project in Play Part 2, they will follow the necessary steps to download and run their projects independently.
- During Play Part 2, the teacher will facilitate the activity by asking discussion questions to prompt students to explain the goals of their project.
Connections to Standards
Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
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 navigating their 123 Robot through the city that they have created from recycled materials. The students will be asked by the teacher to describe their goals and expected outcomes throughout the STEM Lab.