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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

VEX GO Kit

For groups to build Super Car.

1 per group

Pre-Built Super Car

For groups to use in trials in Play Part 1 and Play Part 2 to calculate average speed.

1 per group

Super Car Build Instructions

If the Super Car is not built before the Lab, students will use the build instructions to build the Super Car.

1 per group

Data Collection Sheet or Lab 3 Data Collection Sheet Example

For groups to write down their calculations from Play Part 1 and Play Part 2.

1 per group

Robotics Rules & Routines

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

1 per group

Lab 3 Image Slideshow

For teachers and students to reference throughout the Lab.

1 for teacher facilitation

Measuring device

For groups to calculate the total distance the Super Car traveled in the trials.

1 per group

Tape

For groups to mark the distance traveled by the Super Car.

1 per group

Time keeping device

For groups to calculate the total time it took the Super Car to travel a specific distance in the trials.

1 per group

Pencils

For groups to fill out the Data Collection sheet and Robotics Rules & Routines sheet.

1 per student

Pin Tool

To help remove pins or pry beams apart.

1 per group

Engage

Begin the lab by engaging with the students.

  1. Hook

    Have you ever seen a race car either in person or on TV? What do you think is faster- a race car or the car you have at home? Students will make predictions about which is faster and explain their reasoning.

  2. Leading Question

    Let’s find out how to calculate the average speed of our Super Car.

  3. Build If the Super Car build is not assembled, the students will use the Build Instructions to build the Super Car.

Play

Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

As a class, students will work in groups to collect data and learn how to calculate average speed. Students will use measure and mark 40cm (~16 in) for the Super Car to travel using tape. Next, they will use a stopwatch to record how long it takes the Super Car to travel 40cm (~16 in). Students will record the data on a Data Collection sheet to figure out calculations in Mid-Play Break.

Mid-Play Break

Guide students how to calculate average speed by taking the distance the Super Car drove divided by the time it took the Super Car to get from start to finish. Speed = Distance/Time. Have groups calculate the average speed of the Super Car from the trial in Play Part 1. 

Part 2

After calculating the average speed during Mid-Play Break, students will estimate and calculate the average speed of the Super Car with three different variables. Students will turn the knob 2 times, 3 times, and 5 times, then calculate the average speed. After, students can compare their predictions and results. Students will use a Data Collection sheet to record data and figure out calculations.

Share

Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts