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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

  • How to plan and execute a VEXcode GO project.

Students will make meaning of

  • How they can work with VEXcode GO software, the Code Base robot, and with each other to solve problems.
  • How robots can do jobs that are dirty, dull or dangerous; such as unsanitary work cleaning sewers, dull work in warehouses, or dangerous work fighting fires.

Students will be skilled at

  • Building the Code Base robot.
  • Creating a plan that correctly orders behaviors in a sequence to solve a challenge.
  • Using words and gestures to communicate behaviors that the Code Base robot will need to execute.
  • Starting a VEXcode GO project.

Students will know

  • How to communicate Code Base robot behaviors through words and gestures when project planning with classmates.
  • How to create and start a project using VEXcode GO software and the Code Base robot.



  1. Students will identify and categorize jobs that robots do in real life.
  2. Students will be able to connect VEXcode GO to the Code Base robot and start a project.


  1. During the Engage section students will categorize jobs as being either dirty, dull, or dangerous.  
  2. Students will follow steps to connect their Code Base robot to a device in Play Part 1. In Play Part 2, students will follow the steps to create and start a project to drive their robot forward.


  1. During the Engage section, the teacher will discuss and have the students identify some real-life jobs that are dirty, dull, or dangerous that robots perform for us.
  2. During Play Part 2, students will start a project.

Connections to Standards