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Intro to Building
Lab 1 - Kit Introduction

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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

Exploring kit to familiarize students with parts.

1 per group

Lab 1 Image Slideshow

For teacher and student context and inspiration during the Lab.

1 for teacher facilitation

Pencils

For students to document their design ideas and fill out the Robotics Roles & Routines worksheet.

1 per student

Paper or Blueprint Worksheet

Editable Google Doc for students to sketch pieces from the kit.

1 per student

Pin Tool

To help remove pins or pry beams apart.

1 per group

Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! PDF Book

To read to 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

For additional prompts when introducing students to VEX GO with the PDF Book. 1 for teacher use

Robotics Roles & Routines

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

1 per group

Engage

Begin the lab by engaging with the students.

  1. Hook

    Have you ever built or made something with loose pieces, like blocks or bricks, at home or at school? What kinds of STEM ideas can we learn about by building and creating things together? 

  2. Leading Question

    We have something new in our classroom, that is going to help us be STEM thinkers, and it's called VEX GO! Do you see anything in this kit that reminds you of something you've used before? Do you see anything that looks interesting or exciting to you? 

  3. Build Read the Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! book with students, and have them follow along with the activity to create a simple build. Use the Teacher's Guide for additional information, questions, and discussion prompts to keep students engaged throughout the story.

Play

Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

Choosing from their kit, students draw and label 9 key VEX GO pieces on the Blueprint Worksheet: pin, standoff, connector, beam, plate, angle beam, gear, wheel, pulley.

Mid-Play Break

Students share drawings. Ask students to identify key physical features of the parts.

Part 2

Introduce the 4 main functions of VEX GO pieces in a build: fasteners, structural pieces, motion pieces, electronics. Use the Lab 1 Slideshow images to introduce the 4 main categories of how pieces function in a build and for an illustration of what this looks like in an actual build.
Each student chooses one piece and does a deep-dive, observational drawing of this part on the Blueprint Worksheet. The sketch should be detailed, and labelled with piece name and function.

Share

Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts