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  • 8 - 15 years old
  • 45 minutes - 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Beginner
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  • Students will explore changing the velocity of the Autopilot robot while creating projects that drive the robot forward, move it in reverse, and turn the robot.

Key Concepts

  • Changing velocity

  • Robot Behaviors

  • How to create, download and run a project

  • Programming the velocity for driving forward and in reverse

  • Programming the velocity for turning

  • How to save a project

  • How to reason abstractly, quantitatively, and attend to precision


  • Build an Autopilot robot and attach the Bumper Switch and the Smart Sensors.

  • Program the Autopilot to change its velocity while driving forward, in reverse, and while turning.

  • Evaluate student projects to improve and enhance them.

Materials needed

  • VEX IQ Super Kit

  • VEXcode IQ

  • Engineering Notebook

Facilitation Notes

  • Teacher support, discussion questions, tips, and student assessment are all organized in the STEM Lab to give the teacher a successful engagement.

  • VEXcode IQ and the VEXos Utility should be downloaded to each student device that will be used for programming the Autopilot.

  • Students should become familiar with the pieces before beginning to build the Autopilot. Each Superkit contains a poster containing true size representations of all the pieces contained in the kit.

  • Batteries should be charged prior to the start of the STEM lab.

  • An engineering notebook can be as simple as lined paper within a folder or binder. The notebook shown is a more sophisticated example that is available through VEX.

Educational Standards

Standards for Technological Literacy (STL)

  • 9.G

  • 9.H

  • 11.K

  • 11.L

Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)

  • 1B-AP-12

  • 1B-AP-13

  • 1B-AP-16

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

  • 4-PS3-1

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)







Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

  • 111.26.b.1.A

  • 126.16.c.4.B

  • 126.16.c.6.A-F

Florida State Standards (CPALMS)

  • SC.68.CS-CS.2.13

  • SC.68.CS-CS.2.11

Indiana Academic Standards (IAS)

  • 3-5.PA.3