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Robot Jobs
Lab 1 - Robot Job Interview

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Materials Needed

The following is a list of all the materials that are needed to complete the VEX GO Lab. These materials include student facing materials as well as teacher facilitation materials. It is recommended that you assign two students to each VEX GO Kit.

In some Labs, links to teaching resources in a slideshow format have been included. These slides can help provide context and inspiration for your students. Teachers will be guided in how to implement the slides with suggestions throughout the lab. All slides are editable, and can be projected for students or used as a teacher resource. To edit the Google Slides, make a copy into your personal Drive and edit as needed.

Other editable documents have been included to assist in implementing the Labs in a small group format. Print the worksheets as is or copy and edit those documents to suit the needs of your classroom. Example Data Collection sheet setups have been included for certain experiments as well as the original blank copy. While they offer suggestions for setup, these documents are all editable to best suit your classroom and the needs of your students.

Materials Purpose Recommendation


For students to build the Code Base robot.

1 per group

Code Base Build Instructions (PDF) or Code Base Build Instructions (3D)

For students to build the Code Base.

1 per group

VEXcode GO

For students to create and start a project to move the Code Base robot.

1 per group

Pre-Built Code Base

For teachers to use as a demonstration during the Acts and Asks section.

1 for teacher facilitation

Robotics Roles & Routines

Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

Editable Google Doc for organizing group work and best practices for using the VEX GO Kit.

1 per group

Tablet or Computer

For the students to launch VEXcode GO.

1 per group

Lab 1 Image Slideshow

Google Doc / .pptx / .pdf

Visual aid reference for teacher facilitation.

1 for teacher facilitation

Pin Tool

To help remove pins or pry beams apart.

1 per group


For completing the Roles & Routines checklist.

1 per student

Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! PDF Book (optional)

To read with students to introduce them to VEX GO through a story and introductory build. 1 for demonstration purposes

Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! Teacher's Guide (optional)

Google Doc / .pptx / .pdf

For additional prompts when introducing students to VEX GO with the PDF Book. 1 for teacher use


Begin the lab by engaging with the students.

  1. Hook

    Have you ever done a task that was dirty, dull, or dangerous, such as take out the trash, or clean up a mess? Use the Lab 1 Slideshow to show an example of a job that is either dirty, dangerous, or dull. Have the students categorize each.

    Note: If students are new to VEX GO, use the Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! PDF book and Teacher’s Guide (Google Doc/.pptx/.pdf)
    to introduce them to learning and building with VEX GO. Add an additional 10-15 minutes to your lesson time to accommodate this additional activity.

  2. Leading Question

    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.

  3. Build Following the build instructions to build the Code Base robot.


Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

Students are going to learn how to wirelessly connect their Code Base robot to their device. Students will follow steps to connect their device.

Mid-Play Break

Discuss how the Code Base robot wirelessly communicates with a device.

Part 2

Students will add the [Drive for] block to a project. Students will observe the Code Base robot as the project is started.


Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts