Mars Math Expedition
Lab 1 - Crater Collection

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# Goals and Standards

## Goals

Students will apply

• How to drive their Hero Robot to move samples out of a crater on the Field.
• How to drive their Hero Robot to free a stuck rover on the Field.
• How to score points in the competition by moving game objects out of the craters on the Field.

Students will make meaning of

• How to participate in a VEX GO competition successfully.
• How to work with a team to compete in the Crater Collection Competition.

Students will be skilled at

• Constructing the Hero Robot from build instructions.
• Connecting a Brain to a tablet or computer in VEXcode GO.
• Using the Drive tab in VEXcode GO to drive and turn the Hero Robot.
• Using the Drive tab to control the arm on the Hero Robot.
• Changing the Drive Mode on the Drive tab in VEXcode GO.
• Assigning a motor to a Port in the Drive tab in VEXcode GO.
• Setting and resetting the Field for a competition match.
• Moving samples out of craters with the robot.
• Moving a rover out of a crater with the robot.

Students will know

• How to drive the Hero Robot to move objects on the Field.
• How to work with a team to participate in a competition.

## Objective(s)

### Objective

1. Students will demonstrate how to drive their Hero Robot to move game objects out of craters.
2. Students will demonstrate collaboration and teamwork to participate in the Crater Collection competition.

### Activity

1. In Play Part 1, students will learn about the samples and rover that are on the Field, and how to move them using the Hero Robot. They will then demonstrate how to use the Drive tab to successfully remove objects from craters using their Hero Robot.
2. During the Engage section, students will demonstrate their knowledge of what it means to be a good teammate in a competition setting. During Play Part 1, they will take turns practicing for the competition, and will demonstrate collaborative learning as they work to dislodge objects on the Field. In Play Part 2, students will demonstrate collaboration and teamwork as they apply their learning from Play Part 1 to score the most points they can in the competition.

### Assessment

1. In Play Part 2, students will demonstrate how to drive their Hero Robot using the Drive tab to score points in the Crater Collection competition by moving game objects out of their craters on the Field during their match.
2. During Play Part 2, students will demonstrate collaboration and teamwork during the competition as they participate in their matches together, applying a driving strategy, and choosing a driver for the match. During the Share section, students will discuss how they were a good teammate and what they learned about being on a team that helped them be successful in the competition.