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Parade Float
Lab 2 - Design a Float

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Materials Needed

The following is a list of all the materials that are needed to complete the VEX GO Lab. These materials include student facing materials as well as teacher facilitation materials. It is recommended that you assign two students to each VEX GO Kit.

In some Labs, links to teaching resources in a slideshow format have been included. These slides can help provide context and inspiration for your students. Teachers will be guided in how to implement the slides with suggestions throughout the lab. All slides are editable, and can be projected for students or used as a teacher resource. To edit the Google Slides, make a copy into your personal Drive and edit as needed.

Other editable documents have been included to assist in implementing the Labs in a small group format. Print the worksheets as is or copy and edit those documents to suit the needs of your classroom. Example Data Collection sheet setups have been included for certain experiments as well as the original blank copy. While they offer suggestions for setup, these documents are all editable to best suit your classroom and the needs of your students.

Materials Purpose Recommendation


For students to build the Parade Float. 

1 per group

Pre-Built Code Base

For groups to attach their float to Code Base in Play Part 1.

1 per group to have been built in Lab 1

Blueprint Worksheet

Editable Google Doc for students to brainstorm and sketch their parade float design in Engage and for students to write out their pseudocode in Play Part 2. 

2 per group

Measuring tape/Ruler

For groups to create a practice parade route in Play Part 2. 

1 per group

Sheet of paper

For groups to build the tallest building in the Engage and Demo. 

1 per student

Craft materials: Construction paper, tape, scissors, stickers, pom poms, pipe cleaners, markers, and other decorative materials available in the classroom.

For students to build their parade float. 

1 classroom set of materials

Lab 2 Image Slideshow

For teachers and students to reference throughout the Lab. 

1 for teacher facilitation

VEXcode GO

For students to code the Code Base.

1 per group

Tablet or Computer

For students use run VEXcode GO. 

1 per group


For students to fill out their Blueprint Worksheets.

1 per student

Pin Tool

To help remove pins or pry beams apart.

1 per group


Begin the lab by engaging with the students.

  1. Hook

    Ask the students if they have ever competed in a challenge before. Did they get it perfect on the first try? Or did it take multiple times to get it right?

    Students will complete a design challenge to exemplify how every student in the classroom thinks differently and how a group must harness those ideas to be successful when tackling an authentic problem.

  2. Leading Question

    What is the most important part of being a designer?

  3. Build Students will design, by using a multitude of items, a float to put over and around their Code Base robot.


Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

Students will attach the float to the Code Base robot ensuring that nothing is obstructed. 

Mid-Play Break

Discussion on problem solving and frustration levels.

Part 2

Students plan and drive their Code Base float through a class parade route. They will then write out pseudocode to plan the code needed to complete the parade route, then create projects to drive the Code Base through the route.


Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts