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Robotic Arm
A type of mechanical arm, usually programmable, with similar functions to a human arm.
Decompose
Breaking down a complex problem into smaller parts that are more manageable and easier to understand.
Mechanism
A mechanical device used to make a task easier.
Conditional
Evaluates if a statement is true or false in coding. Different actions occur depending on if the statement is true or false.
Electromagnet
A type of magnet where the magnetic field is produced by an electric current.
Eye Sensor
A type of sensor that detects if there is an object present and the color of the object (red / green / blue.) It will also register the brightness of light (low light = dark, lots of light = bright).
VEXcode GO
Software used to create a project and communicate with VEX GO robots.
[Wait for] block
Waits for a specific amount of time before moving to the next block.
[Wait until] block
Waits for a condition to report true before moving to the next block.
[Spin for] block
Spins a Motor for a given distance.
[Energize magnet] block
Sets the Electromagnet to two different modes: boost or drop.
<Color sensing> block
Reports if the Eye Sensor detects a specific color. Will report true when the Eye Sensor detects the selected color. Will report false when the Eye Sensor detects a different color than the one selected.
<Eye found object?> block
Reports if the Eye Sensor has found an object in front of the sensor.
[If Then] block
The [If Then] 'C' block will only check the condition once. If the condition is reported as true, the blocks inside of the [If Then] block will run. If the condition is reported as false, the blocks inside of the [If Then] block will be skipped. The [If Then] block can accept hexagonal (six-sided) shaped blocks as its condition.

Encouraging Vocabulary Usage

The following are additional ways to facilitate vocabulary usage as students are engaged in the activities throughout this Unit.

Students should be encouraged to use the vocabulary terms:

  • Throughout all of the activities
  • As they are working in groups
  • As they are reflecting
  • As they are sharing their knowledge and experience
A VEX GO character

Tips for Encouraging Vocabulary Usage