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Intro to Building
Unit Vocabulary

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Vocabulary

Balance
The state of being steady.
Beams
The flat parts of the VEX GO Kit with either a one-hole width or two-hole width.
Connectors
The parts of the VEX GO Kit that create a right angle connection between two other pieces.
Constraint
A limitation or restriction.
Criteria
Standard by which something may be judged or decided.
Engineering Design Process
The Engineering Design Process (EDP) is a structured problem solving process in which students define a problem using a criteria for success and constraints for possible solutions. With the EDP, students should research, explore, and test possible solutions.
Pins
Connect two or more pieces so that they lay flush with one another.
Pin Tool
Helps to separate pieces through three different functions: the Puller, the Lever, and the Pusher.
Plates
The flat parts of the VEX GO Kit with a three-hole or greater width.
Stability
Free from change.
Standoffs
Connect two pieces but leave a space in between. Each kind of standoff has a different width gap that will be created by its use.

Encouraging Vocabulary Usage

The following are additional ways to facilitate vocabulary usage as students are engaged in the activities throughout this Unit.

Students should be encouraged to use the vocabulary terms:

  • Throughout all of the activities
  • As they are working in groups
  • As they are reflecting
  • As they are sharing their knowledge and experience
A VEX GO character

Tips for Encouraging Vocabulary Usage