Skip to main content

Robot Jobs
Lab 1 - Robot Job Interview

Teacher Portal

Engage

Launch the Engage Section

ACTS is what the teacher will do and ASKS is how the teacher will facilitate.

ACTS ASKS
  1. Ask students to reflect on if they have either done a task that was dirty, dull, or dangerous.
  2. Tell students that robots complete jobs that are dirty, dull, and dangerous.  
  3. Show students an image of a robot doing a dirty job. See slide 2 of Lab 1 Image Slideshow from the Materials Needed.
  4. Show students an image of the robot doing a dull job. See slide 3 of Lab 1 Image Slideshow from the Materials Needed.
  5. Show students an image of the robot doing a dangerous job. See slide 4 of Lab 1 Image Slideshow from the Materials Needed.  
  6. Have students make comparisons between a human and a robot doing the same task.
  7. Show students a pre-built Code Base robot.
  1. Have you ever done a task that was dirty, dull, or dangerous, such as take out the trash, or clean up a mess?
  2. Robots can complete tasks that are dirty, dull, or dangerous, so that humans do not have to. This can keep humans safe, and allow them to do other jobs.
  3. Do you think this shows an example of a job that is either dirty, dangerous or dull? Why?
  4. Do you think this shows an example of a job that is either dirty, dangerous or dull? Why?
  5. Do you think this shows an example of a job that is either dirty, dangerous or dull? Why?
  6. Why wouldn’t we want to do a job that is either dirty, dangerous or dull? What if we could have something like a robot, to do those jobs for us? Provide an example of a robot doing such a job.
  7. Today, we are going to build our own robot and use VEXcode GO to have the robot perform a job!

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

  1. 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.
  2. DistributeDistribute VEX GO Kits and the Code Base robot build instructions to each team. Journalists should gather the materials needed for the build.

    Code Base Robot Build

  3. FacilitateFacilitate the building process:
    1. Builders can begin building. If there are multiple builders, they should alternate steps to complete the build.  
    2. Journalists should assist with build instructions as needed.
  4. OfferOffer suggestions and note positive team building and problem solving strategies as groups build together.
A VEX GO character

Teacher Troubleshooting

Facilitation Strategies

  • 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.

Right and Left Side of the Code Base Build
Right and Left Side of the Code Base Build

  • Both students can then attach them together.

Attach the Parts Together
Attach the Parts Together

  • Both students can then work on connecting the Brain, Battery, and Motors.

Connect the Brain and Battery
Connect the Brain, Battery, and Motors