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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 gain skills in building as well as explore the concept of stability and balance.

Students will make meaning of

  • How can a design be affected by a constraint on materials?
  • What makes a structure stable and balanced, and why is this important?

Students will be skilled at

  • How to attach and remove pins from plates.
  • How to design a structure that is stable.
  • How to describe their design and structure using spatial vocabulary.
  • Writing a procedure such as build instructions.

Students will know

  • How to design and build a launch pad that is stable and balanced using VEX GO pieces.
  • How to decompose a task they have completed into steps by writing build instructions.



  1. Create with the different pieces in the VEX GO Kit.
  2. Describe the concepts of stability and balance.
  3. Explain how to build a structure.


  1. Students will select pieces from the VEX GO Kit to build their launch pads in Play Part 1.
  2. Students will engage in dialogue with the teacher and other students throughout the Lab about the concepts of stability and balance.
  3. Brainstorm and decompose their build to decide on the best method for explaining its assembly.


  1. Students will construct the launch pad in Play Part 1.
  2. Students will justify how their final build is stable and balanced during their presentation in Play Part 2.
  3. Write or draw build instructions for the launch pad. Students should explain this procedure during the presentation to explain their build instructions in Play Part 2.

Connections to Standards