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Physical Science
Lab 2 - Super Car

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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

VEX GO Kit 

For building the Super Car.

1 per group

Pre-built Super Car (optional)

For demonstration. 

1 for teacher demonstration

Lab 2 Image Slideshow Google / .docx / .pdf

For teacher and student reference.

1 for teacher facilitation

Super Car Build Instructions (PDF) or Super Car Build Instructions (3D)

For students to build the Super Car. 

1 per group

Unpowered to Powered Super Car Build Instructions (PDF)

For students building the Powered Super Car from the Unpowered model built in the previous Lab

1 per group

Robotics Roles & Routines Google / .docx / .pdf

Editable Google Doc for organizing group work and best practices for using the VEX GO Kit.

1 per group

Data Collection Sheet (Google / .docx / .pdf ) or Lab 2 Data Collection Example (Google / .docx / .pdf )

For students to record data during the Play section. 

1 per group

Masking Tape

For students to mark the distance traveled by their Super Car. 

1 roll per group

Markers

For students to mark the distance traveled by their Super Car. 

1 per group

Ruler/ Measuring Tape

For students to measure the distance traveled by their Super Car.

1 per group

Pencils

For students to record data, document design ideas and fill out the Robotics Roles & Routines worksheets.

1 per student

Pin Tool

To help remove pins or pry beams apart.

1 per group

Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! PDF Book (optional)

To read with students to introduce them to VEX GO through a story and introductory build. 1 for demonstration purposes

Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! Teacher's Guide (optional)

Google Doc / .pptx / .pdf

For additional prompts when introducing students to VEX GO with the PDF Book. 1 for teacher use

Engage

Begin the lab by engaging with the students.

  1. Hook

    Ask students if they have ever tried to shoot a basketball into a hoop. How did they know how hard to throw the ball? Relate their experiences to making predictions based on past data. For example, “The ball didn’t go far enough on the first try, so I threw it harder the next time.” 

  2. Leading Question

    Demonstrate a trial with the Super Car and have students make a prediction on how far it will travel. Then ask the students, “if we were to repeat the experiment, would you make the same guess?”

  3. Build Student groups will build a Super Car of their own, using the build instructions and in the roles of Builder and Journalist.

Play

Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

Students will conduct 5 trials of their car, and measure the distances that it travels each time.  On the Lab 2 Data Collection sheet students will track: 

  1. how many times the knob was turned 
  2. how far it travelled 
     

Mid-Play Break

Discuss Part 1’s findings of how far the Super Car travels after different numbers of turns in preparation for application in Part 2.

Part 2

Together as a class, students will compete in distance contests to see if they can use their data to accurately predict a winner. 

Share

Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts