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VEX GO Cumulative Pacing Guide

A cumulative pacing guide for all VEX GO units.

VEX GO Activities

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

VEX STEM Lab Units

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Engineering

Intro to Building

Intro to Building
  • Grades 3-4
  • 240 minutes
  • 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.

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

Physical Science
  • Grades 3-4
  • 240 minutes
  • 5 Labs

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

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?

Science

Simple Machines

Simple Machines
  • Grades 3-4
  • 160 minutes
  • 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.

Essential Questions

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

Coding

Parade Float

Parade Float
  • Grades 3-4
  • 120 minutes
  • 3 Labs

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

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 Car

Super Car
  • Grades 3-4
  • 120 minutes
  • 3 Labs

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

Essential Questions

  • What affects how the Super Car moves?

Coding

Ocean Emergency

Ocean Emergency
  • Grades 3-4
  • 120 minutes
  • 3 Labs

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

Essential Questions

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

Engineering

Helping Hand

Helping Hand
  • Grades 3-4
  • 80 minutes
  • 2 Labs

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

Essential Questions

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

Coding

Robot Jobs

Robot Jobs
  • Grades 3-4
  • 160 minutes
  • 4 Labs

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

Essential Questions

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

Science

Fun Frogs

Fun Frogs
  • Grades 3-4
  • 80 minutes
  • 2 Labs

Investigate the different phases of the frog life cycle.

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?

Engineering

Pendulum Game

Pendulum Game
  • Grades 3-4
  • 80 minutes
  • 2 Labs

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

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?

Math

Fractions

Fractions
  • Grades 3-4
  • 40 minutes
  • 1 Lab

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

Essential Questions

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

Engineering

Robot Arm

Robot Arm
  • Grades 3-4
  • 200 minutes
  • 5 Labs

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

Essential Questions

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

Coding

Code Base

Code Base
  • Grades 3-4
  • 160 minutes
  • 4 Labs

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

Essential Questions

  • How can I use VEXcode GO with my robot?

Science

Magnet Car

Magnet Car
  • Grades 3-4
  • 40 minutes
  • 1 Lab

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

Essential Questions

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

Science

Look Alike

Look Alike
  • Grades 3-4
  • 40 minutes
  • 1 Lab

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

Essential Questions

  • How do living organisms pass on traits?

Math

Battle Boats

Battle Boats
  • Grades 3-4
  • 40 minutes
  • 1 Lab

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

Essential Questions

  • What is a coordinate plane?