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VEX GO Activities

Bring Coding and STEM to life with these fun and easy to use VEX GO activities.

VEX GO STEM Labs & Activity Series

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Engineering

Intro to Building

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intro to building
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 240 min
  • 6 Labs

Explore the VEX GO Kit to learn the names and functions of key pieces by building structures to take on a voyage to Mars.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do we manipulate materials when building?
  • How can a design be affected by a constraint on materials?
  • How can we communicate our design ideas and use the design process when working with a group?

Science

Physical Science

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physical science
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 200 min
  • 5 Labs

Build and modify the Super Car to explore predicting an object's continued motion, change in motion, or stability.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can we use patterns of change to predict an object’s continued motion, change in motion, or stability?
  • How does force affect motion?

Coding

Mars Rover-Surface Operations

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surface op
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80 min
  • 2 Labs

Help scientists by coding the Code Base to act as a rover and collect samples on Mars!

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do I solve a challenge with the Code Base and VEXcode GO?

Coding

Mars Rover-Landing Challenge

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landing challenge
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80 min
  • 2 Labs

Code the Code Base Rover to detect obstacles and clear the landing area for a Mars landing.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do I solve a challenge with the Code Base robot and VEXcode GO?

Coding

Mars Rover-Exploring Mars Geology

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Mars Rover - Exploring Mars Geology -- Lab 1 Tile Image
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 160 min
  • 4 Labs

Use the Electromagnet and Eye Sensor on the Code Base to collect, analyze and sort Martian rock samples like the Mars rovers.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do I solve a challenge with the Code Base and VEXcode GO?

Engineering

Simple Machines

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Simple Machines
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 160 min
  • 4 Labs

Build and test simple machines in order to examine how they change the direction or strength of a force in order to make work easier.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can we conduct an investigation to observe cause and effect relationships?
  • How do simple machines make work easier?

Art

Spirograph Art Show

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spirograph
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 3 Activities

Use the Spirograph to create patterns and artwork with different gear configurations in this Spirograph Art Show Activity Series.

Activities in this Series

  • Spirograph
  • Gear Up Your Creativity
  • Spirograph Artist

Math

Fractions

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fractions
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 40 min
  • 1 Lab

Explore equivalent fractions using the Fractions build and your VEX GO Kit pieces to compare fractions by size.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • What do the numerator and denominator of a fraction tell you?
  • What patterns or relationships are there between equivalent fractions?

Engineering

Pendulum Game

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pendulum
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80 min
  • 2 Labs

Build and engineer a game using the motion and force of the pendulum to knock over objects.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can I design a pendulum solve an authentic problem?
  • How can I use the iterative process to continue to design and learn from my mistakes?

Science

Fun Frogs

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fun frogs
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80 min
  • 2 Labs

Investigate the different phases of the frog life cycle.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do organisms change over their life cycle in relation to their environments?
  • How can writing be used as a tool by scientists and other jobs?

Science

Island Expedition

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island expedition
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 3 Activities

Chart out new territory using topographic maps and the Topo Map build in this exploration-based Activity Series.

Activities in this Series

  • Topo Map Island
  • Island Designer
  • Island Mapper

Coding

Code Base

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code base
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 160 min
  • 4 Labs

Use the Code Base and its sensor iterations to explore robot behaviors, controls, commands, and sensors through navigation challenges.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can I use VEXcode GO with my robot?

Math

Battle Boats

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battle boats
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 40 min
  • 1 Lab

Create the Battle Boats game on a coordinate plane to plot points.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • What is a coordinate plane?

Engineering

Planet HEXBUG

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planet hexbug
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 4 Activities

Meet and investigate the unique creatures of Planet HEXBUG and prepare for the HEXBUG Race in this Activity Series.

Activities in this Series

  • Meet Crawler
  • Meet Ed
  • Meet Flopper
  • HEXBUG Race

Science

Look Alike

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look alike
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 40 min
  • 1 Lab

Explore the characteristics of living things and notice similar and different traits.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do living organisms pass on traits?

Engineering

Parade Float

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parade float
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 120 min
  • 3 Labs

Design, build, and code a float for a parade using the VEX GO Kit.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can anything be engineered to solve an authentic problem?
  • How can the iterative process be used to create a sequence of movements for the float to accomplish in the parade?

Science

Super Bowler

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slingshot car tile
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 3 Activities

Build and launch a Slingshot Car to prepare for a bowling game in this Activity Series.

Activities in this Series

  • Away We GO!
  • Tension Tester
  • Super Bowler

Coding

Robot Jobs

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robot jobs
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 160 min
  • 4 Labs

Build and code a Code Base robot to perform a job that is dull, dirty or dangerous.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do I solve a challenge with the Code Base robot and VEXcode GO?

Coding

Self-Driving Code Base

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self-driving code base
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 3 Activities

Code your self-driving Code Base to use an Eye Sensor to detect brightness and colors in this Activity Series.

Activities in this Series

  • Move Until Line
  • Stop Sign
  • Construction Zone

Science

Super Car

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super car
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 120 min
  • 3 Labs

Investigate the variables that affect the movement of the Super Car.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • What affects how the Super Car moves?

Coding

Ocean Emergency

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ocean
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 120 min
  • 3 Labs

Apply coding skills to help clean up the ocean using Code Base and VEXcode GO.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • What is code?
  • How can I make my robot move?
  • How can I solve a problem using my robot?

Engineering

Helping Hand

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helping hand
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80 min
  • 2 Labs

Investigate and modify the Adaptation Claw to help solve authentic problems.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can I use tools to help solve authentic problems?
  • How are mechanisms used in everyday life and work?

Science

Magnet Car

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magnet car
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 40 min
  • 1 Lab

Students use the Magnetic Car to investigate the properties of magnetism and magnetic force.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do magnets interact with each other and with other objects?

Design

Pantograph

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Image of Col. Jo using the Pantograph
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80 min
  • 2 Labs

Explore how to create scaled drawings and use them in design challenges.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do the mechanics of the Pantograph build help it create scaled drawings?
  • How can we use tools to create models that communicate our ideas?
  • How is the Pantograph useful in real-life contexts?
     

Coding

Robot Arm

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robot arm
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 200 min
  • 5 Labs

Work with the Robot Arm, and its adaptations to learn what robotic arms can do and how they work!

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • What is a robot arm?
  • How does a robot arm work?

Eye Sensor

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Eye Sensor Tile
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 120 min
  • 3 Labs

Use the Eye Sensor to navigate the Code Base robot.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • Coming Soon...

Shape Shifter

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Shape Shifter Tile
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80 min
  • 2 Labs

Draw and classify different shapes using the Spirograph and Pantograph.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • Coming Soon...

On the Move!

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On the Move Tile
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80 min
  • 2 Labs

Investigate and predict patterns of motion.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • Coming Soon...

Topo Map Mania

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Topo Map Mania Tile Image
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 40 min
  • 1 Lab

Explore the concepts of a topographical map.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • Coming Soon...