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Pendulum Game
Lab 2 - Creating the Kerplunk Game

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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 building the Pendulum.

1 per group

Build Instructions

For building the Pendulum.

1 per group

Robotics Roles & Routines Sheet

For student organization and reference throughout the Lab.

1 per group

Measuring Tool

For measuring in Play Part 1 and 2.

1 per group

Pre-Built Pendulum

For use by teacher in Engage.

1 for teacher facilitation

Pendulum Kerplunk Game Instructions

For use by students in Play Part 1 and 2.

1 per group


To fill out the Robotics Roles and Routines Sheet.

1 per group

Lab 2 Image Slideshow

For teachers and students to reference throughout the Lab.

1 per group

Pin Tool

For help with building.

1 per group


Begin the lab by engaging with the students.

  1. Hook

    Have you ever made up your own game? What did you have to do to make your game? Did you make up directions, goals and objectives? Today we are going to create a way to make a game with the Pendulum.

  2. Leading Question

    How can we design a game using the Pendulum?

  3. Build Students will build the Pendulum.


Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

Students will be given directions to create 6 similar figures that stand up on their own and are no taller than 100mm. Students will use game directions to try to knock down as many of the figures as possible for the Kerplunk game.

Mid-Play Break

Students will present what successes and challenges they experienced.

Part 2

Students will have time to experiment creating their own game alternative directions, objectives and goals of the Pendulum Kerplunk Game.


Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts