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Pendulum Game
Lab 1 - Engineering the Pendulum

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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

Engineering Design Process Organizer

This sheet allows students to think in terms of the Engineering Design process while building and using the iterative process.

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 Challenges

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 1 Image Slideshow

Visual aids for teacher facilitation.

1 per group

Pin Tool

For help with building.

1 per group


Begin the lab by engaging with the students.

  1. Hook

    Have you been on a swing? How does that make you feel? How does it stop? That swinging motion is also found in a tool called a pendulum. What do you think this swinging motion couldĀ be used for in an invention?

    Today we are going to engineer one and see what we can discover.

  2. Leading Question

    How can we use a pendulum today?

  3. Build Students will build the pendulum.


Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

Students will explore through challenges to learn how to operate the pendulum.

Mid-Play Break

Students will discuss how they used the iterative process to build and explore the pendulum.

Part 2

Students will continue to identify solutions to challenges through team collaboration using the pendulum.


Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts