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Mars Math Expedition
Unit Choice Board

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Choice Board Examples & Strategies

Use the Choice Board to allow students to display their voice and choice within their learning. The Choice Board can be used in multiple ways by the teacher to:

  • Engage students who finish early
  • Assess what students have learned at different points throughout the Unit
  • Extend the Unit or lesson
  • Allow students to display their learning in the Share section

The Choice Board is intended to provide content that can be added to the classroom’s existing Choice Board or to any bulletin board in the classroom.

The following is the Choice Board for this Unit:

Choice Board
Crater Conundrum
How is a crater formed? Use classroom resources to do some research to find out! Write a paragraph about the process and draw pictures to illustrate it. Share it with your class!
Emcee!
An emcee describes everything that is happening in a robotics competition match, one play at a time. Make a video of your team or another team practicing or competing. Then try your hand at being an emcee by announcing what is happening as you watch the video! After you practice, record the audio and share it with your class.
Robot Redesign
Think about a specific task from the Mars Math Expedition that was challenging for you. Design an addition for your robot that would make that task easier to complete. Draw a picture of it, and label the parts. Write a few sentences explaining why it would help you to accomplish that task more easily.
Design a New Competition Task
Design a new competition task using the game elements in the Mars Math Expedition. Write out the rules for your task, and practice it yourself. Then challenge your teammates to try your new task!
Interviews
Have you ever watched a sporting event and seen a journalist interviewing athletes after a game? Take on the role of a sports writer and think of two or three questions about the competition you would like to ask other teams. Write your questions, and the responses you receive. Then summarize the three most interesting things you learned from your interviews.
Make an Engineering Notebook
An engineering notebook is used to document the design and performance of your robot. Draw a picture of your robot, as well as any changes you make to your robot during the competition. Write about what you learned about driving your robot throughout the competition as well.
Ingenuity
The Perseverance Rover traveled to Mars with a helicopter attached to its belly! The helicopter, called Ingenuity, is the first controlled flight that has ever taken off and landed on Mars! Imagine you are the Ingenuity helicopter, flying for the first time on Mars. Write a diary entry describing your experience, and illustrate it.
Drive Mode Test Drive
Test out each of the four Drive Modes available in the Drive tab of VEXcode GO: Tank Drive, Right Arcade, Left Arcade and Split Arcade. Set up a short course in your classroom using classroom objects, and drive through your course using each of the four modes. Which one do you like best? Which is the most difficult for you?
Mission Narration
Turn your competition mission into a TV show about your Hero Robot! Create an episode of a Mars adventure show by choosing a stage of the competition. Create characters and a storyboard for your episode and share it with a friend.