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Teacher Toolbox icon Teacher Toolbox - Before You Build

  • Advise students to gather all of the parts needed for the build before starting the building process. Another option to save time would be for the instructor to organize all of the parts needed before the students arrive.

  • Advise students to differentiate between lengths of Smart Cables and other parts of the build by consulting the scaled parts poster included in the Super Kit. Note that the Smart Cable lengths are not indicated on the cable itself and the parts listed are not scaled 1:1, they are relatively scaled to one another.

  • For suggestions on how to engage students who complete a build more quickly than others, see this article.

Build the Clawbot

Follow along with the build instructions to build the Clawbot.

Open and follow along with the steps in the build instructions to build the Clawbot IQ.Image of the cover page of the build instructions for the Clawbot IQ

Extend Your Learning icon Extend Your Learning - Gear Ratios

When directing a Clawbot through a course or other challenge, students may want to explore how gear ratios affect their motors’ performance. Click here (Google / .docx / .pdf) for additional information on gear ratios.

Teacher Toolbox icon Teacher Toolbox - Checklist

Once all students have completed the build, go through this checklist to make sure students are ready to move on.

  • Check that the Clawbot IQ is built correctly.

  • Check that the battery is charged and connected to the VEX IQ Robot Brain.

  • Check that all Smart Cables are plugged in firmly for a good connection.

  • Check that students have put away any extra parts and have cleaned up their area.