Launch the Engage Section
ACTS is what the teacher will do and ASKS is how the teacher will facilitate.
Getting the Students Ready to Build
Let’s make a challenge course for our Code Base!
Facilitate the Build
students to join their team, 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. Groups will have 5 - 10 minutes make revisions to their extension and create a course.
Show students the Example Challenge Course animation to help students visualize an example course layout.
- DistributeDistribute VEX GO Kits and tape for making a course to each group if they do not have them already.
the building process.
Builders can begin editing the extension as needed for it to be sturdy and sustainable.
Journalists can design and make the course.
Suggested parameters for the course:
It shouldn’t be too complex, students can always add to it later.
The course should have lanes that are wide enough for the Code Base to drive and turn with the extension. This will be at least 205 millimeters (mm) ~ 8 inches (in) wide.
There should be clear starting and finishing areas.
- OfferOffer suggestions and note positive team building and problem-solving strategies as teams build together.
- Connect all GO Brains to the VEX Classroom App before beginning the Lab and check if any firmware needs updated. For more information about the VEX Classroom App, please read the Using the VEX Classroom App Knowledge Base article.
- Note: When you first connect your Code Base to your device, the Gyro built into the Brain may calibrate, causing the Code Base to move on its own for a moment. This is an expected behavior, do not touch the Code Base while it's calibrating.
- Use the VEX Classroom App to check the status of the GO Batteries, and charge if necessary before the Lab.
- If possible, have an example course setup before starting the Lab. Use painters tape or masking tape to map the boundaries of the course on the floor or a large table.
- If working on carpet, check to make sure that the materials used for “trash” are lightweight and will be able to be moved by a Code Base.
- Want a bigger challenge? Make the timed trials even shorter OR combine courses together for one super course!
- If time is an issue, create challenge courses for the groups. Draw a challenge course on chart paper, and have a course for each group. This can also be used as an extension activity.