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Implementing VEX GO STEM Labs

STEM Labs are designed to be the online teacher’s manual for VEX GO. Like a printed teacher’s manual, the teacher-facing content of the STEM Labs provides all of the resources, materials, and information needed to be able to plan, teach, and assess with VEX GO. The Lab Image Slideshows are the student-facing companion to this material. For more detailed information about how to implement a STEM Lab in your classroom, see the Implementing VEX GO STEM Labs article.

Goals and Standards


Students will apply

  • How design features can help to solve an authentic problem.

Students will make meaning of

  • Using authentic solutions to solve real problems in our environment.

Students will be skilled at

  • Following the Engineering Design Process.
  • Designing a solution to an environmental problem.

Students will know

  • How to apply an authentic solution to an authentic problem.



  1. Students will create an extension arm for their Code Base robot.
  2. Students will articulate ideas for solutions to the real-world pollution problem using the Code Base robot.


  1. Students will develop a plan in the Engage section for an extension arm to collect trash. Students will use the Engineering Design Process to create that plan.
  2. Students will discuss their designs in the Mid-Play Break and explain how they think the extension arm will work in practice.


  1. Students will build their extension arm for the Code Base in Play Part 1. 
  2. In Play Part 2, students will write and present a 30 second speech explaining how their extension arm can collect trash and how it applies to the real-world pollution problem.

Connections to Standards