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Lab 2 - Drive and Apply

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Launch the Engage Section

ACTS is what the teacher will do and ASKS is how the teacher will facilitate.

  1. Show a pre-built Code Base robot and pre-built extension. Use a student's build from the previous Lab or make one yourself and have it prepared for the demo. If you want make an example extension for the Code Base, you can build the example plow extension in the Image Slideshow.
  2. Physically try to attach the parts without using any VEX GO Kit pieces.
  3. Show a graphic that illustrates the Engineering Design Process in the Lab 2 Slideshow. Explain to the students that their first solution is not going to be correct, failure is part of the process, it is acceptable to fail.
  1. How can we attach our extensions to our Code Base to collect trash? 
  2. Is there only one way to attach the two parts? Do you think I could get it on my first try? What VEX GO pieces could we use?
  3. What do you do when you fail? Is failure ok? What coping strategies can we decide on today if we fail?

Getting the Students Ready to Build

Now, let’s attach our extension arm to the Code Base robot and see what works and what doesn’t. Failure is okay.

Facilitate the Build

  1. InstructInstruct students to gather their pre-built Code Base robot and extension arm, join their group, and have them complete the Robotics Roles & Routines sheet. Use the Suggested Role Responsibilities slide in the Lab Image Slideshow as a guide for students to complete this sheet.
  2. DistributeDistribute the VEX GO Kits for groups to select VEX GO pieces to attach to the extension arm.
  3. FacilitateFacilitate attaching the extension arm to the Code Base robot.
    • Builders can begin attaching the extension arm to the Code Base robot. If there are multiple builders, they should work together to attach the extension arm.
    • Journalists should gather the necessary VEX GO pieces to attach the extension arm and assist as needed.
      Example Code Base Robot with Plow Extension
      Example Code Base Robot with Plow Extension
    • Some students may already have attached their group's extensions in the previous Lab. They should use this time to continue improving on their extensions.
  4. OfferOffer suggestions and note positive team building and problem solving strategies as teams attach the extension arm together.
A VEX GO character

Teacher Troubleshooting

Facilitation Strategies

  • If you have students that are stuck or struggling to design an extension, you can guide them to make the plow extension in the Image Slideshow, and then have them adjust it as they like.
  • Remind students about the stability of the build. They will need to make sure the extension stays stable as it moves with the Code Base robot. 
  • If students are struggling with stability, remind them about the various types of connection pieces in the kit (pins, standoffs, and connectors). See the Pieces in the VEX GO Kit Knowledge Base article for detailed information on Kit pieces and how they function in a build.