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Parade Float
Lab 3 - Float Celebration

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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

Pre-Built Code Base robot

For students to code their robot to move around the parade route in Play Part 1. 

1 per group to have been built in Lab 1

Completed Float

For students to attach to their Code Base robot. 

1 per group to have been designed and built in Lab 2

VEXcode GO

For students to code the Code Base.

1 per group

Ruler/Measuring Tape

For groups to measure a parade route in the Build section.

1 per group

Masking Tape

For groups to create a parade route in the Build section.

1 per group


For students to fill out the Checklist. 

1 per group

Lab 3 Image Slideshow

For teachers and students to reference throughout the Lab. 

1 for teacher facilitation

Tablet or Computer

For students to run VEXcode GO.

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

    Have you ever had to map out a path or find your way from one place to another? It is time for our class parade, and we need to create our parade route! 

  2. Leading Question

    How can we measure the parade route?

  3. Build Students will measure and set up a parade route.


Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

Students will code their float to go through their parade route. They will use a given checklist to ensure all parts of the challenge are complete before they consider their float ready for the main parade. 

Mid-Play Break

Students will take a quick, 3-minute gallery walk to see how teams are completing the challenge. 

Part 2

Students will show their float to the other groups and then participate in the class parade! 


Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts