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Lesson 3: Designing Lifts


Before you can compete in the Lift and Score Challenge, you first need to learn about lift design, and how they can be used to extend the reach of your robot. You will also learn about motor groups, why you should use them, and how to configure a motor group in VEXcode EXP. Then, you will apply your learning to practice scoring Buckyballs and rings on a high platform, in preparation for the challenge.

Lift Design

Lifts are a mechanisms that enable your robot to raise an object off the ground, and can be used to extend the reach of your robot.

Watch this video to learn about what a lift is, how various lift designs work, and how you can use lifts to make your robot accomplish a task, like moving an object to a high location.

Lift Design Lesson Summary Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

Motor Groups

A motor group consists of two motors that function as if they are one device. A motor group can enable your robot to have more power, speed, or lifting ability.

Watch this video to learn about what a motor group is and why you should use one, the importance of motor spin direction, and configuring a motor group in VEXcode EXP. 

Motor Groups Lesson Summary Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

Check Your Understanding

Before moving on to the Practice section, ensure that you understand the concepts covered on this page by answering the questions in the document below in your engineering notebook. 

Check Your Understanding Questions Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

Select Next > to practice lifting game objects to a high platform.