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Implementing VEX GO STEM Labs

STEM Labs are designed to be the online teacher’s manual for VEX GO. Like a printed teacher’s manual, the teacher-facing content of the STEM Labs provides all of the resources, materials, and information needed to be able to plan, teach, and assess with VEX GO. The Lab Image Slideshows are the student-facing companion to this material. For more detailed information about how to implement a STEM Lab in your classroom, see the Implementing VEX GO STEM Labs article.

# Goals and Standards

## Goals

Students will apply

• How data can be gathered, read, and used to predict results and make estimations.

Students will make meaning of

• Predicting an object’s continued motion, change in motion, or stability.
• Using the same data in both a predictive and reflective way, to understand how things work.

Students will be skilled at

• Recording data accurately.
• Making predictions based off of data.

Students will know

• What the turning the knob of the car does and how it affects the distance traveled by the car.
• How students can use the gathered data of number of turns and distance traveled to make predictions.

## Objective(s)

### Objective

1. Predict car performance based on data from previous experiments.
2. Identify that increased force caused by the turn of the knob of the rubber band, causes the Super Car to travel further.
3. Apply spatial concepts when conducting the Super Car build, during experiment trials and in class discussions.

### Activity

1. Students will experiment with the effects of more or less turns on the distance travelled by their Super Car in 5 trials. They will document their predictions and results on a Data Collection Sheet.
2. Students will analyze data collected in several experiments, to identify that turns increase force, which then affects distance.
3. Communicate build instructions and experiments using spatial language.

### Assessment

1. Students will compete in distance contests to see if they can use their data to accurately predict a winner. Groups will share the data collected on their Data Collection Sheet.
2. Students will be able to describe how the turn of the knob on the rubber band increases force, and how their experiments informed this conclusion in class discussions.
3. Students will demonstrate their understanding by using spatial language when communicating build instructions and experiment results.