Watch this video to learn more about VEX IQ (2nd generation) STEM Labs, and the structure of these lessons. Reference the Facilitation Guide linked below for specific information on how to prepare and lead this STEM Lab Unit in your classroom. Beneath this video and link are additional resources available to support you as you implement the Tug of War Unit with your students.
Watch this video to learn more about how to get started with this STEM Lab Unit in your classroom.
After watching the video, you can use these articles about student self-assessment and co-creating learning targets to start the conversation with your students.
Building Your First Robot
Follow along with this video to build an IQ (2nd gen) BaseBot. This will provide you with helpful tips and information beyond the build instructions while you build your first robot.
You can also share this with your students if they need additional assistance while building.
Teaching with VEXcode IQ Python
Watch this video to learn more about the resources to support you teaching this STEM Lab Unit with Python in your classroom.
After watching the video, see the Python resources for additional facilitation support as you implement this Unit with your students.
Watch this video to learn more about using pseudocode with your students to help them build a conceptual understanding of their code.
For more information about the steps for using pseudocode with your students, see the article linked below.
Planning and Implementation
Facilitating the Tug of War Unit
View the Facilitation Guide to find support as you facilitate each of the Lessons in this Unit. An answer key for the Check Your Understanding Questions throughout the Unit are also provided for reference while you complete the Unit with your students.
Teachers and schools desire a plan for instruction that aligns with their goals. Check out our recommendations for pacing instruction based on the school calendar, the classroom schedule, student learning needs, and combining VEX IQ with VIQC Virtual Skills.
Here is a list containing everything you need to implement this IQ STEM Lab Unit into your school or classroom.
VEX IQ STEM Lab Units align with Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and Common Core Math standards. View the following sheets to see where and how these standards are reached in the Units.
The Letter Home can be shared with your classroom guardians to communicate what students are doing and learning through the Tug of War Unit in the classroom, and how they can continue this learning at home. This Letter Home can also be personalized to meet your classroom community's needs.
Learn more about facilitating productive and meaningful conversations with students as they are building, collaborating, coding, and building resilience through the VEX IQ STEM Lab Units, with these Knowledge Base articles.
The Facilitation Guide, Check Your Understanding questions, and Letter Home are available as editable Google Docs and Sheets, so you can copy and personalize them to best fit your needs. These articles will guide you through how to make a copy of these documents in your personal Google Drive, or download them for editing with Microsoft Word.