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Parade Float
Lab 1 - Design a Project

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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

VEX GO Tiles 

For students to create their Challenge Courses.

4 Tiles per Challenge Course

VEXcode GO

For students to code the Code Base.

1 per group

Code Base Build Instructions

For students to build the Code Base. 

1 per group

Robotics Roles & Routines

Editable Google Doc for organizing group work and best practices for using the VEX GO Kit.

1 per group

Pre-Built Code Base

Used by the teacher during the Engage section.

1 for teacher facilitation

Tablet or Computer


For students to run VEXcode GO.

1 per group


For students to fill out the Robotics Roles & Routines Worksheet and Student Test Sheet. 

1 per group

Masking tape

For students to create their Challenge Courses.

1 roll per group

Lab 1 Image Slideshow

For teachers and students to reference throughout the Lab. 

1 for teacher facilitation


For students to measure distances in the Play section.

1 per group

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 watched a parade. For a holiday? On TV? What kinds of parade floats have they seen? Let them know that they will be creating their own parade float.

    Give students 5 minutes to put together a strategy and theme for their float. Reassure students that there are three phases and this is just the first phase which is the robotics engineering portion.


  2. Leading Question

    What will your group enter into the parade?

  3. Build Introduce Code Base build.


Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

Students will be given Challenge Course 1. Using VEXcode GO, students will run 3 trials to get their robot to move a particular amount forward, backward, left and right in order to complete Challenge Course 1.

Mid-Play Break

Discuss the outcome of the three trials from Challenge Course 1.

Part 2

Students will now have a chance to operate their Code Base on Challenge Course 2. Students who finish Challenge Course 2 will help other groups.


Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts