Skip to main content

Parade Float
Lab 2 - Design a Float

Teacher Portal


Launch the Engage Section

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

  1. Show students a single piece of paper. 
  2. Hand out one sheet of paper to each student. 
  3. Pair students in groups of 2 and give them the same task of building the tallest tower. Circle the room while students are working on their challenge. 
  4. Stand at the front of the classroom facilitating the discussion. 
  1. Have you ever competed in a challenge before? Did you get it perfect on the first try? Or did it take a few tries to get it right? 
  2. You have 1 minute to create the tallest tower you can with one sheet of paper. 
  3. What is the most important part of being a designer? What made this challenge difficult? Now, you will work in groups of two using the same sheets of paper to create the highest tower. 
  4. How did working as a group help your challenge? What ideas did your teammate have? Were they different from your ideas? 

Getting the Students Ready to Build

Each team will have 5 tokens to design and build their parade float! Start brainstorming your designs. 

Facilitate the Build

  1. InstructInstruct students to join their team and then fill 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.

    Instruct students to fill out a Blueprint Worksheet by sketching their parade float attachment design, before coming up to gather materials.

    Parade Float Blueprints
  2. DistributeDistribute tokens and have students use their tokens to “buy” materials that they need to build their parade float.
    • Materials can include construction paper, tape, scissors, stickers, pom poms, pipe cleaners, markers, and other decorative materials available in the classroom. Additional pieces from the VEX GO Kits can also be used to decorate their Parade Float, and to attach the float to the Code Base.
    • Tokens can be sticky notes, pom poms, pennies, buttons, or any small item easily available to the teacher.
  3. FacilitateFacilitate the materials distribution and the design process.
    • Each material will cost one token. Watch to ensure students are only taking materials they have turned in tokens for.
    • Students may need support dividing roles. If needed, divide groups into Material Managers and Designers.
  4. OfferOffer suggestions and note positive team building and problem solving strategies as teams build together.
A VEX GO character

Teacher Troubleshooting

Facilitation Strategies

  • Encourage collaboration - Offer students opportunities to earn more tokens by helping other groups. Through the Parade Float design process, students will learn that more brains are better than one when creating a solution.
  • By not showing a “model,” you are not limiting what a “float” can look like on the Code Base robot which is exciting for young minds to troubleshoot and initiate a more iterative process ultimately making their learning visible.
  • Allow “mentors” to work with struggling teams. Encourage students who have finished building to become mentors.