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
How can gears help us do work? Your group is going to build your own Clock to investigate how gears interact and make work easier.
Facilitate the Build
- InstructInstruct students to join their team, 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.
- DistributeDistribute build instructions to each team. Journalists should gather the materials on the checklist.
- 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 and document all Lab results.
- OfferOffer suggestions and note positive team building and problem solving strategies as teams build together.
- If students are having trouble with the pins, offer the Pin Tool as support.
- To manage student behavior, the teacher can circle the room and mark each gear for the groups.
- Student “Help Desk” - if groups are having trouble with the build, they can ask other groups for support. If one group finds a trick or a helpful hint, encourage them to share it with the class.
- If students become confused on how gears move or work together, show the below video to reference how gears move and mesh together. The video can be found in the Lab 4 Slideshow.
- 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.