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  • 8 - 15 years old
  • 45 minutes - 2 hours, 35 minutes
  • Beginner
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Students will explore robot behaviors and create a project for the Autopilot robot to turn.

Key Concepts

  • Robot Behaviors

  • How to create, download and run a project

  • Programming right turn movement

  • Programming left turn movement

  • How to save a Project

  • How to model with mathematics


  • Build an Autopilot robot and configure the Smart sensors.

  • Explain what a robot behavior is and recognize the three types of behaviors.

  • Program the Autopilot to turn right and left.

  • Explore drivetrain programming blocks and test student created programs.

Materials needed

  • VEX IQ Super Kit

  • VEXcode IQ

  • Engineering Notebook

  • Small box (tissue box or shoe box)

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 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)

  • 2.M

  • 2.N

  • 9.F

  • 9.G

  • 9.H

  • 11.K

  • 11.L

Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA)

Grades 3-5

  • 1B-AP-10

  • 1B-AP-16

  • 1B-AP-11

  • 1B-AP-10

  • 1B-AP-08

  • 1B-CS-03

Grades 6-8

  • 2-AP-18

  • 2-AP-17

  • 2-AP-15

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

  • MS-ETS1-1

  • MS-ETS1-3

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

  • WHST.6-8.4

  • RST.6-8.3



Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

  • 111.26.b.1

  • 111.26.b.12

  • 126.16.c.6

  • 126.16.c.4

Florida State Standards (CPALMS)

  • SC.68.CS-CS.2.13

  • SC.68.CS-CS.2.14

  • SC.68.CS-CS.2.2

  • MAFS.5.MD.1

  • MAFS.5.MD.2

  • MAFS.5.MD.3

Indiana Academic Standards (IAS)

  • SC.68.CS-CC.1.3

  • SC.68.CS-CS.1.1

  • SC.68.CS-CS.1.3

  • SC.68.CS-CS.1.4

  • SC.68.CS-CS.2.10

  • SC.68.CS-CS.2.11

  • SC.68.CS-CS.2.12

  • SC.68.CS-CS.2.13

  • SC.68.CS-CS.2.14

  • SC.68.CS-CS.2.2

  • MA.5.M.1

  • MA.5.M.3

  • MA.5.DS.1