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Vocabulary

Decompose
To break down into smaller or simpler parts.
Pseudocode
Informal way to write code in plain English.
Iteration
To plan, test, make changes, then test again.
Engineering Design Process
The Engineering Design Process (EDP) is a structured problem solving process in which students define a problem using a criteria for success and constraints for possible solutions. With the EDP, students should research, explore, and test possible solutions.
Authentic Problem
Projects that students complete that are real to them compared to assignments that do not resemble any kind of work that would be completed outside a school environment.
Sequence
A set of instructions that follow one another in order.
Behavior
Actions performed by a robot and defined by the programming language.
VEXcode GO
Software used to create a project and communicate with VEX GO robots.
[Wait] block
Waits for a specific amount of time before moving to the next block.
[Drive for] block
Moves the Drivetrain either forward or in reverse for a given distance.
[Turn for] block
Rotates the Drivetrain left or right for a given number of degrees.
[Comment] block
Allows programmers to write information to help describe their project without changing the blocks around it.

Encouraging Vocabulary Usage

The following are additional ways to facilitate vocabulary usage as students are engaged in the activities throughout this Unit.

Students should be encouraged to use the vocabulary terms:

  • Throughout all of the activities
  • As they are working in groups
  • As they are reflecting
  • As they are sharing their knowledge and experience
A VEX GO character

Tips for Encouraging Vocabulary Usage