3+ (Ages 8+)
40 minutes per lab
Unit Essential Question(s)
- How do we manipulate materials when building?
- How can a design be affected by a constraint on materials?
- How can we communicate our design ideas and use the design process when working with a group?
The following concepts will be covered throughout this Unit:
- How to efficiently manipulate pieces when building.
- The concepts of stability and balance in design.
- How to use spatial language to describe the position of objects.
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Unit Standards will be addressed in every Lab within the Unit.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
NGSS 3-5-ETS1-1: Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
How Standard is Achieved: Beginning in Lab 2, students are given a specific list of criteria with the constraint of using only VEX GO Kit pieces to create their design of a NASA Flagpole.
Each Lab also limits the pieces available to students to help them become proficient in the use of a specific type or types of pieces within each Lab. They will build on those skills with each Lab as they learn to use more pieces.
Each challenge also introduces at least one other criterion to the students to build the tallest tower, create a launch pad that spans a tile, build a spaceship that is exposed then enclosed, design a buggy that has free-moving wheels, or building a Mars Base that can use any piece from the kit.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.G.A.1: Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
How Standard is Achieved: Students will be encouraged by the teacher to use spatial language and spatial vocabulary throughout the Unit. During each Mid-Play Break, students will be asked to describe their builds from Play Part 1.
In Lab 2: NASA Flagpole, Lab 3: Launch Pad, and Lab 6: Mars Base, they will be asked how their designs could have been designed stronger, and students will use spatial language while engaging in a discussion about stability and balance.
In Lab 4: Spaceship and Lab 5: Mars Buggy, students will be asked how changing criteria might affect their designs and then be given that challenge. Each class discussion during this Unit should include spatial language.