Launch the Engage Section
ACTS is what the teacher will do and ASKS is how the teacher will facilitate.
Getting the Students Ready to Build
Before we can get our robot to do a job for us, we have to build our Code Base robot!
Facilitate the Build
- InstructInstruct students to join their group and have them complete the Robotics Roles & Routines sheet. Use the Suggested Role Responsibilities slide in the Lab Image Slideshow as a guide for students to complete this sheet.
VEX GO Kits and the Code Base robot build instructions to each team. Journalists should gather the materials needed for the build.
the building process:
- Builders can begin building. If there are multiple builders, they should alternate steps to complete the build.
- Journalists should assist with build instructions as needed.
- OfferOffer suggestions and note positive team building and problem solving strategies as groups build together.
- Ensure groups are spread out when building their Code Base Robot so pieces are not mixed up or lost.
- Show and help groups to find where the motors are being plugged into since there are four different port options. Looking at the Brain with the VEX logo oriented at the bottom, the students should plug the left motor into Port 1 and the right motor into Port 4. Ensure that the cables do not cross underneath the robot. Use Slide 6 in the Image slideshow to show where the ports are located.
- Show students how to use the build instructions to problem solve when getting stuck during the building process.
- To ensure that all students have a hand in building the Code Base robot, split the roles of Builder and Journalist. The Builder can build the right side of the Code Base, and the Journalist can build the left side.
- Both students can then attach them together.
- Both students can then work on connecting the Brain, Battery, and Motors.
- Use the Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! PDF Book and Teacher’s Guide - If students are new to VEX GO, read the PDF book and use the prompts in the Teacher’s Guide to facilitate an introduction to building and using VEX GO before beginning the Lab activities. Students can join their groups and gather their VEX GO Kits, and follow along with the building activity within the book as you read.
- Use the Teacher’s Guide to facilitate student engagement. To focus on VEX GO connections in a more concrete or tangible way, use the Share, Show, or Find prompts on each page to give students an opportunity to get to know their kits in more depth.
- To focus on the habits of mind that support building and learning with VEX GO, like persistence, patience, and teamwork, use the Think prompts on each page to engage students in conversations about mindset and strategies to support successful group work and creative thinking.
- To learn more about using the PDF book and accompanying Teacher’s Guide as a teaching tool any time you are using VEX GO in your classroom, see this Knowledge Base article.