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Implementing VEX GO STEM Labs

STEM Labs are designed to be the online teacher’s manual for VEX GO. Like a printed teacher’s manual, the teacher-facing content of the STEM Labs provides all of the resources, materials, and information needed to be able to plan, teach, and assess with VEX GO. The Lab Image Slideshows are the student-facing companion to this material. For more detailed information about how to implement a STEM Lab in your classroom, see the Implementing VEX GO STEM Labs article.

Goals and Standards


Students will apply

  • How to identify the names and physical features of VEX GO pieces using spatial language.

Students will make meaning of

  • How to identify VEX GO pieces and their functions in order to use the materials safely and effectively in future builds.

Students will be skilled at

  • How to identify key pieces and recognize they can function in builds.
  • How to take care of the VEX GO Kit.

Students will know

  • How to identify VEX GO pieces.
  • How pieces will function in a build.
  • That a "build" is a student-created physical object designed and constructed for STEM investigations.



  1. Identify and name essential VEX GO Kit pieces.
  2. Recognize the function of foundational pieces in the kit.
  3. Demonstrate best practices in taking care of kits.


  1. Students will draw and label key kit pieces: pin, standoff, connector, beam, plate, angle beam, wheel, gear, and pulley in Play Part 1.
  2. Students will engage in direct instruction from the teacher on how pieces from the following categories work: connectors, beams, plates, wheels, and gears in Play Part 2.
  3. Students will practice taking out pieces and choosing the proper place to return them in their kit throughout the lab.


  1. Student will label pieces correctly on a worksheet in Play Part 1.
  2. Students will arrange pieces into functional categories: connection, structure, and movement in Play Part 2.
  3. Students will put all pieces away and clean up their area according to teacher instructions at the conclusion of the lab.

Connections to Standards