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It's a Draw! Teacher

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  • 12-18 years old
  • 410 minutes
  • Beginner
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Students will explore the VEX V5 Clawbot and using it as an artistic tool in a drawing game.

Key Concepts

  • Developing new ways of thinking, seeing, and creating.

  • Investigate what it means to be an artist and create drawings.

  • Use creativity to play and succeed in a competitive drawing game.


  • Apply building directions to create a robot to complete a specific task.

  • Create illustrations to describe specific vocabulary words.

  • Analyze connections between text and real life objects/shapes.

Materials needed

  • 1 or more VEX V5 Classroom Starter Kits

  • Large sheets of paper or poster board, or a large dry-erase board

  • Black marker or dry-erase marker (Permanent marker not recommended)

  • Engineering notebook

  • Tape

  • Timer or Stopwatch

  • Printed It's A Draw cards (Google Doc / .pdf)

Facilitation Notes

  • Ensure all required parts for the build are available prior to starting this STEM Lab.
  • Make sure there is ample space to lay the paper down that the robot will drive over during it's drawing. Taping the taper down in helpful.

  • The teacher can create additional cards as needed for the game.

  • 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 Robotics.

  • When drawing with the robot, make sure the flooring under the drawing page is protected.

  • Avoid using permanent markers when drawing with the robot.

  • The approximate pacing of each section of the Stem Lab is as follows: Seek- 240 minutes, Play- 60 minutes, Apply- 30 minutes, Rethink- 120 minutes, Know- 30 minutes.


Further Your Learning


  • Students can create new cards with additional math terms that can be used in the game.


  • Conduct additional research on how robotics is influencing art and write a paragraph about it.

Educational Standards

Standards for Technological Literacy (STL)

  • 1.G

  • 1.H

  • 3.F

  • 8.F

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

  • HS-ETS1-2

  • HS-ETS1-3

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

  • MP.1

  • MP.5