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Code Base
Lab 1 - Remote Control Robot

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ACTS is what the teacher will do and ASKS is how the teacher will facilitate.

  1. Facilitate a discussion about the concept of a remote control and using a remote control to complete a task.
  2. Write ideas from students about how a robot could be controlled with a remote control on the whiteboard or a piece of poster paper.
  3. Show students the Drive mode in VEXcode GO. An image of the Drive mode is also available in the Lab 1 Image Slideshow.
  1. Have you ever used a remote control to do something? How does it work?
  2. A remote control is a device used to operate or control another device nearby. Do you think we can control a robot with a remote control? How would that work?
  3. How we can drive our Code Base with a remote control?

Getting the Students Ready to Build

Before we can start remote control driving the Code Base, we need to build the Code Base!

Facilitate the Build

  1. InstructInstruct students to join their group, and have them complete the Robotics Roles & Routines sheet. Use the Suggested Role Responsibilities slide in the Lab 1 Image Slideshow as a guide for students to complete this sheet.
  2. DistributeDistribute build instructions to each team. Journalists should gather the materials on the checklist.

    Code Base
    Code Base


  3. FacilitateFacilitate the building process.
    • Builders and Journalists should begin building based on their responsibilities in the Lab 1 Image Slideshow.
    • Circulate around the room to help students with building or reading instructions where needed. Ask questions about how the build is being constructed to keep all students engaged in the buildings process, and remind students to follow their Role Responsibilities if they need help taking turns.
  4. OfferOffer suggestions and note positive team building and problem solving strategies as groups build together.
A VEX GO character

Teacher Troubleshooting

Facilitation Strategies

  • Have students change the controls!
    • Tank Mode: Each joystick controls the spin of a different motor.
    • Left Arcade: One joystick that controls both motors. On the left-hand side of the screen.
    • Right Arcade: One joystick that controls both motors. On the right-hand side of the screen.
    • Split Arcade: Two joysticks. One controls left and right movements and the other controls forward and reverse movements.
  • The speed of the Code Base depends on how slow or quickly the controls are moved in Drive mode. The slower the joystick is pushed, the slower the Code Base will move. For more information about remote control driving in VEXcode GO, read the Using the Drive Tab in VEXcode GO article.
  • Use the Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! PDF Book and Teacher’s Guide - If students are new to VEX GO, read the PDF book and use the prompts in the Teacher’s Guide (Google / .pptx / .pdf) to facilitate an introduction to building and using VEX GO before beginning the Lab activities. Students can join their groups and gather their VEX GO Kits, and follow along with the building activity within the book as you read.