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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 Lever and for activities in Play Part 1 and 2.

1 per group

VEX GO Tile (optional)

For students to attach their Lever build.

1 per group

Lever Build Instructions

For students to build the Lever.

1 per group

Lab 2 Image Slideshow

For visual aides during Lab for teacher and student reference.

1 for teacher facilitation

Robotics Roles & Routines

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

1 per group

Blueprint Worksheet or Lab 2 Blueprint Worksheet Example

Editable Google Doc for drawing and sketching pivot points of the Lever. Also will be used to sketch design ideas for the challenge in Play Part 2.

2 per group


For students to explore levers in Engage. Or for teachers to demonstrate a lever.

1 for classroom demonstration (optional: 1 per student)


For students to explore levers in Engage. Or for teachers to demonstrate a lever.

1 for classroom demonstration (optional: 1 per student)


For students to fill out the Robotics Roles & Routines sheet and the Blueprint Worksheet.

1 per group

Pin Tool

To help remove pins or pry beams apart.

1 per group

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)

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

    Ask students if they can lift a book off of their desk with one finger. Allow students to try. Then, have students use a ruler with a pencil as a pivot point to lift the book off of the table.

    Note: If students are new to VEX GO, use the Get Ready...Get VEX...GO! PDF book and Teacher’s Guide 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

    Have you ever had to push, pull, or carry something heavy? Was it hard? You were doing work. Work is a task that requires effort to complete it. Do you think you need to be strong to move objects? How can using a lever make the work of lifting an object easier by decreasing the amount of force required to lift it?

  3. Build Students will use build instructions to build the Lever.


Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

Provide each group with a Blueprint Worksheet to record their data. Groups will observe the changes in force by testing three different pivot points of the Lever with one Disk on each side. The students will have to add VEX GO pieces to the Lever to balance the amount of force on each side of the Lever. Groups will draw their Lever at each of the pivot positions on their Blueprint Worksheet.

Mid-Play Break

Groups will share and compare their data and drawings from the Blueprint Worksheet with another group.

Part 2

Students will be challenged to choose the best pivot point on the Lever to find the least amount of force needed to balance with three Disks on one side. Students will draw their design on a Blueprint Worksheet before testing. The Lever will have three disks on one side while using the least amount of additional VEX GO pieces on the opposite side.


Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts