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VEX GO STEM Labs & Activity Series

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Engineering

Intro to Building

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intro to building
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 240min
  • 6 Labs

Explore the VEX GO Kit to learn the names and functions of key pieces by building structures to take on a voyage to Mars.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do we manipulate materials when building?
  • How can a design be affected by a constraint on materials?
  • How can we communicate our design ideas and use the design process when working with a group?

Science

Physical Science

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physical science
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 200min
  • 5 Labs

Build and modify the Super Car to explore predicting an object's continued motion, change in motion, or stability.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can we use patterns of change to predict an object’s continued motion, change in motion, or stability?
  • How does force affect motion?

Data

Data Detectives: Bridge Challenge

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Col Jo holding a magnifying glass up to a bridge. The magnifying glass is magnifying a crack on the bridge
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80min
  • 5 Labs

Learn about what data is, what a sensor is, and how sensors report data, so that you can learn to collect and use data to make and support claims about authentic problems. Become a bridge inspector, and use the Eye Sensor on the Code Base to help you assess bridge safety with sensor data.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • What is a sensor?
  • What is data?
  • How can we use data to help us solve problems?

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizens

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Lab 2 Tile
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80min
  • 2 Labs

Learn about digital citizenship as you practice collaborating and using technology in safe, responsible, and respectful ways. Explore how technology impacts the world around us.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can we improve our coding projects by incorporating the needs, perspectives, and ideas of others?
  • How does new technology change the way people live and work?

Coding

Mars Rover-Surface Operations

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surface op
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80min
  • 2 Labs

Help scientists by coding the Code Base to act as a rover and collect samples on Mars!

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do I solve a challenge with the Code Base and VEXcode GO?

Coding

Mars Rover-Landing Challenge

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landing challenge
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80min
  • 2 Labs

Code the Code Base Rover to detect obstacles and clear the landing area for a Mars landing.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do I solve a challenge with the Code Base robot and VEXcode GO?

Coding

Mars Rover-Exploring Mars Geology

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Mars Rover - Exploring Mars Geology -- Lab 1 Tile Image
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 160min
  • 4 Labs

Use the Electromagnet and Eye Sensor on the Code Base to collect, analyze and sort Martian rock samples like the Mars rovers.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do I solve a challenge with the Code Base and VEXcode GO?

Science

Day and Night

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Colonel Jo pointing to the earth on its axis with the sun in the background
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80min
  • 2 Labs

Build a model with VEX GO to show how the Earth spins on its axis to create the day/night cycle, and to explain why the sun appears to move across the sky.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can I use VEX GO to demonstrate that Earth rotates on its axis once approximately every 24 hours causing the day/night cycle?

VEX GO Competition

Mars Math Expedition

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robot placing a sample on top of a lab
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 5 Labs

In this VEX GO Competition STEM Lab Unit students will drive a Hero Robot to collect samples, rescue a rover, lift a rocket ship and more in the Mars Math Expedition Competition!

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do I work with a team to win a VEX GO Competition?

VEX GO Competition

Ocean Science Exploration

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hero robot opening the clam
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 5 Labs

In this VEX GO Competition STEM Lab Unit, students will drive a Hero Robot to move sensors, fix a pipeline, open a clam, deliver a pearl and more in the Ocean Science Exploration Competition!

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do I work with a team to win a VEX GO Competition?

VEX GO Competition

Village Engineering Construction

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Image of the robot lifting the Water Tower on the Field
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 5 Labs

In this VEX GO Competition STEM Lab Unit students will drive a Hero Robot to rebuild houses, plant and weigh crops, lift the Water Tower, and more in the Village Engineering Construction Competition!

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do I work with a team to win a VEX GO Competition?

VEX GO Competition

City Technology Rebuild

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Image of the Hero Robot triggering the Landslide in the City Technology Rebuild Competition
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 5 Labs

In this VEX GO Competition STEM Lab Unit students will drive a Hero Robot to bring medicine to the Hospital, lift fallen trees, clear rocks from the roadway and more in the City Technology Rebuild Competition!

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do I work with a team to win a VEX GO Competition? 

Engineering

Simple Machines

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Simple Machines
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 160min
  • 4 Labs

Build and test simple machines in order to examine how they change the direction or strength of a force in order to make work easier.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can we conduct an investigation to observe cause and effect relationships?
  • How do simple machines make work easier?

Math

Fractions

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fractions
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 40min
  • 1 Lab

Explore equivalent fractions using the Fractions build and your VEX GO Kit pieces to compare fractions by size.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • What do the numerator and denominator of a fraction tell you?
  • What patterns or relationships are there between equivalent fractions?

Engineering

Pendulum Game

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pendulum
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80min
  • 2 Labs

Build and engineer a game using the motion and force of the pendulum to knock over objects.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can I design a pendulum solve an authentic problem?
  • How can I use the iterative process to continue to design and learn from my mistakes?

Science

Fun Frogs

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fun frogs
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80min
  • 2 Labs

Investigate the different phases of the frog life cycle.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do organisms change over their life cycle in relation to their environments?
  • How can writing be used as a tool by scientists and other jobs?

Coding

Code Base

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code base
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 160min
  • 4 Labs

Use the Code Base and its sensor iterations to explore robot behaviors, controls, commands, and sensors through navigation challenges.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can I use VEXcode GO with my robot?

Math

Battle Boats

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battle boats
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 40min
  • 1 Lab

Create the Battle Boats game on a coordinate plane to plot points.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • What is a coordinate plane?

Science

Look Alike

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look alike
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 40min
  • 1 Lab

Explore the characteristics of living things and notice similar and different traits.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do living organisms pass on traits?

Engineering

Parade Float

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parade float
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 120min
  • 5 Labs

Design, build, and code a float for a parade using the VEX GO Kit.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can anything be engineered to solve an authentic problem?
  • How can the iterative process be used to create a sequence of movements for the float to accomplish in the parade?

Coding

Robot Jobs

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robot jobs
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 160min
  • 4 Labs

Build and code a Code Base robot to perform a job that is dull, dirty or dangerous.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do I solve a challenge with the Code Base robot and VEXcode GO?

Science

Super Car

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super car
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 120min
  • 3 Labs

Investigate the variables that affect the movement of the Super Car.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • What affects how the Super Car moves?

Coding

Ocean Emergency

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ocean
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 120min
  • 3 Labs

Apply coding skills to help clean up the ocean using Code Base and VEXcode GO.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • What is code?
  • How can I make my robot move?
  • How can I solve a problem using my robot?

Engineering

Helping Hand

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helping hand
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80min
  • 2 Labs

Investigate and modify the Adaptation Claw to help solve authentic problems.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How can I use tools to help solve authentic problems?
  • How are mechanisms used in everyday life and work?

Science

Magnet Car

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magnet car
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 40min
  • 1 Lab

Students use the Magnetic Car to investigate the properties of magnetism and magnetic force.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do magnets interact with each other and with other objects?

Design

Pantograph

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Image of Col. Jo using the Pantograph
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 80min
  • 2 Labs

Explore how to create scaled drawings and use them in design challenges.

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • How do the mechanics of the Pantograph build help it create scaled drawings?
  • How can we use tools to create models that communicate our ideas?
  • How is the Pantograph useful in real-life contexts?
     

Coding

Robot Arm

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robot arm
  • Grades 3+
  • Ages 8+
  • 200min
  • 5 Labs

Work with the Robot Arm, and its adaptations to learn what robotic arms can do and how they work!

STEM Lab Essential Questions

  • What is a robot arm?
  • How does a robot arm work?