STEM Labs are designed to be supplemental education experiences that are flexible and can be implemented in many different ways. Use the Pacing Guide to help make the Testbed - VEX IQ Sensors STEM Lab fit into your schedule. This STEM Lab can be adapted for a 50-, 60-, 80-, and 90-minute implementation instead of the full 145 minutes included in the materials. Options for implementing this STEM Lab include:
Options for implementing this STEM Lab include:
If you have a limited amount of time, only complete the Seek and Play sections. The total time for both sections is 90 minutes. The students will finish with experiences in both building and testing the sensors through programming.
An option for 80 minutes is to have a Testbed (or two) ready before class and have your students complete the Play and Rethink sections. This option compromises building but maximizes gaining experience with the VEX IQ Sensors. Students can then run and test the projects using the shared Testbed(s).
An option for 60 minutes is to have at least one Testbed ready and have your students complete the Play and Apply sections. Students will gain experience with the VEX IQ Sensors through programming, while also having a sense of the context and value in learning how sensors are used in other aspects of daily life.
If you have only 50 minutes and can have at least one Testbed ready before class, have your students complete the Play section. Students will gain experience learning how VEX IQ Sensors work as well as test projects involving them.
STEM Lab pacing guides preview the concepts that are taught in each section (Seek, Play, Apply, Rethink, Know) of the STEM Lab, relate the resources that teachers can use to teach those concepts and identify all the materials that are needed. The STEM Lab Pacing Guide is an editable Google doc that you can save to your device and modify based on your classroom constraints, and the needs of your students.
Testbed - VEX IQ Sensors Pacing Guide