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City Technology Rebuild
Lab 4 - Landslide!

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Materials Needed

The following is a list of all the materials that are needed to complete the VEX GO Lab. These materials include student facing materials as well as teacher facilitation materials. It is recommended that you assign two students to each VEX GO Kit.

In some Labs, links to teaching resources in a slideshow format have been included. These slides can help provide context and inspiration for your students. Teachers will be guided in how to implement the slides with suggestions throughout the lab. All slides are editable, and can be projected for students or used as a teacher resource. To edit the Google Slides, make a copy into your personal Drive and edit as needed.

Other editable documents have been included to assist in implementing the Labs in a small group format. Print the worksheets as is or copy and edit those documents to suit the needs of your classroom. Example Data Collection sheet setups have been included for certain experiments as well as the original blank copy. While they offer suggestions for setup, these documents are all editable to best suit your classroom and the needs of your students.

Materials Purpose Recommendation


For students to build the Hero Robot. 1 per group

VEX GO Competition Kit

To create Stage 4 of the City Technology Rebuild Field 1 per class

City Technology Rebuild - Stage 4 Build Instructions

To build Stage 4 of the competition field before beginning the Lab activities 1 per class

Competition Base Build Instructions

For students to build the Competition Base Hero Robot. 1 per group

Competition Advanced Build Instructions 

For students to add onto the Competition Base to build the Competition Advanced Hero Robot. 1 per group

Tablet or Computer 

For students to use VEXcode GO. 1 per group

VEXcode GO

For students to drive the Hero Robot using the Drive Tab. 1 per group

Lab 4 Image Slideshow

Google Doc / .pptx / .pdf

For teachers and students to reference throughout the Lab. 1 for teacher facilitation.

Robotics Roles & Routines

Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

Editable Google Doc for organizing group work and best practices for using the VEX GO Kit. 1 per group


For students to fill out the Robotics Roles & Routines, Blueprint, and Data Collection sheets. 1 per group

Pin Tool

To help remove pins or pry beams apart. 1 per group

Blueprint Worksheet (Google Doc / .docx / .pdf) and/or Data Collection Sheet (Google Doc / .docx / .pdf) (optional)

For students to document their learning throughout the Lab. 1 per group

Match Order sheet template (optional)

Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

To show students the order they will compete during the classroom competition. 1 per class

VEX GO Leaderboard (optional)

To keep track of teams' scores during the competition. 1 per class

Engineering Design Process Organizer (optional)

Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

For students to document the iterative process of design or strategy throughout the Lab. 1 per group


Begin the lab by engaging with the students.

  1. Hook

    Introduce students to the new goals of triggering a landslide and moving the rocks to the Red Tile in the Landslide! competition. Using what you learned throughout the previous Labs, how do you think you might drive the robot to trigger the landslide? How do you think you might drive the robot to move the rocks to the Red Tile, once the Landslide has been triggered? What do you remember about working as a team in the previous Labs, that could help you be a good teammate in this competition? 

  2. Leading Question

    How do you think you will need to move your Hero Robot to score points in this competition?

  3. Build Competition Base + Competition Advanced


Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

Introduce the goal of the Landslide! Competition, and how the landslide can be triggered to release the rocks onto the Field. Then model how to connect a Brain to VEXcode GO, and use the Drive tab to demonstrate how the Hero Robot can be driven to move the rocks from the landslide to the Red Tile on the Field. Students will take turns driving the Hero Robot to trigger the landslide and move the rocks to the Red Tile on the Field.

Mid-Play Break

Students will talk about how they worked as a team to figure out their strategy to trigger the landslide, as well as to move the rocks. They will compare and contrast strategies between teams, to help them learn more about how to be successful with these tasks in the competition.

Part 2

Students will apply what they practiced in Play Part 1 to participate in the Landslide! Competition! Each team will try to score as many points as they can in a one minute match, by triggering the landslide and moving the rocks to the Red Tile on the Field with the Hero Robot.


Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts