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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 build a structure that contains moveable wheels and interconnected gears.

Students will make meaning of

  • How gears, wheels, and axles add benefits to a build.

Students will be skilled at

  • How to assemble wheels and axles in a design.
  • How to mesh gears together as part of a larger build.

Students will know

  • How to build with wheels and axles from the VEX GO Kit.



  1. Model how wheels and axles in the VEX GO Kit can be attached and detached.
  2. Demonstrate how gears interact with each other.


  1. Students will experiment with the wheels, axles, and other pieces from the VEX GO Kit through trials to understand how the pieces fit together.
  2. While designing the second iteration of their buggy in Play Part 2, students will sketch their design while planning and labeling the parts of their building plan with the appropriate piece name.


  1. Students will construct a Mars Buggy with functioning wheels from the VEX GO Kit in Play Part 1.
  2. Students will adapt their Mars Buggy to include gears in Play Part 2.

Connections to Standards