Summary
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 

VEX GO Kit 
For constructing the Fractions build in Engage. 
1 kit per group 
For step by step student build instructions. 
1 per group, or 1 set to be displayed for the class  
For assigning roles to students in their groups. 
1 per group  
Graph Paper or Blueprint Worksheet 
For completing the written/drawn portion of the Lab. 
1 per student 
Writing utensils 
For completing the written/drawn portion of the Lab. 
1 per student 
For visual aids while teaching. 
1 per class  
For aiding in student building. 
1 per group  
Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! PDF Book (optional) 
To read with students to introduce them to VEX GO through a story and introductory build.  1 for demonstration purposes 
Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! Teacher's Guide (optional) 
For additional prompts when introducing students to VEX GO with the PDF Book.  1 for teacher use 
Engage
Begin the lab by engaging with the students.

Hook
You are going to a party, and you can have a whole cupcake, or a piece of cake for dessert. Which would you want, and why? Draw the “whole” cupcake and fractional pieces of cake on the board, as students offer answers, and track their responses.
Now, if I wanted to have enough of each dessert for you all to have what you picked, how many of each would I need? Write out each as a fraction on the board, and talk through them.
Note: If students are new to VEX GO, use the Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! PDF book and Teacher’s Guide to introduce them to learning and building with VEX GO. Add an additional 1015 minutes to your lesson time to accommodate this additional activity.

Leading Question
What if I wanted to have cupcakes and pieces of cake that were the same size, so everyone would be equal? You’d need to figure out the size of one “whole”.
 Build Fractions Build
Play
Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.
Part 1
Explain that one side of the box represents a “whole” or “1”, and instruct students to create as many whole equivalents as they can using their VEX GO beams and plates. For each one, they should write it as a fraction, and draw it on graph paper.
MidPlay Break
What do we notice about all of these fractions? What is similar or different about the numerator and denominator? What if my numerators and denominators were different  how could I compare the fractions then? Yes, by size!
Part 2
Using both sides of the box, see how many equivalent fractions you can create using VEX GO beams and plates. Write and draw each on on graph paper or a Blueprint Worksheet.
Share
Allow students to discuss and display their learning.
Discussion Prompts
 What do the numerator and denominator of a fraction tell you?
 Can you explain how your group figured out which fractions were equal and which were not?
 What are some “rules” we can say about how fractions work, based on what we did in this lab?