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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


Students will apply

  • Identifying the movements of the Robot Arm and its limitations.
  • Identifying possible uses for a robotic arm.

Students will make meaning of

  • What a robotic arm is and how it functions to accomplish a task.

Students will be skilled at

  • Constructing a model from Build Instructions.
  • Using the Robot Arm to move a disk.
  • Identifying how the knob functions to control movement in a build.
  • Using the magnet to pick up and hold an object with the Robot Arm.

Students will know

  • How to move the Robot Arm manually.
  • How to describe the steps needed to move the Robot Arm manually.



  1. Identify and describe the movements of a robotic arm and its limitations.
  2. Identify and describe what a robotic arm is.


  1. Students will compare a robotic arm to a human arm during the Engage and Play Part 1 discussion. They will build the Robot Arm, and explore the ways it can and cannot move. In Play Part 2, students will move a disk, and identify and describe, in writing, the steps needed to move the disk with the Robot Arm.
  2. Students will build the Robotic Arm in Engage and Play Part 1. They will identify its components and describe how they function in relation to a human arm, as well as to accomplish a task.


  1. During the Play Part 2 and Share portions of the Lab, students will identify and describe the movements of the Robot Arm needed to move a disk, and share their written directions with the teacher. They will also discuss its limitations, as well as things that would make it easier to move the disks using the arm.
  2. During the Share discussion, students will identify and describe the features and functionality of the robotic arm, and how they used it to accomplish a task.

Connections to Standards