RS – Unit 4 VEX Robo Rally


Janeal Tyler, Computer Science Teacher

Unit 4 is designed to walk you through building your first VEX V5 Speedbot.  In this unit you will learn about engineering notebooks and how to give yourself the upper hand in future competitions and projects.

At the beginning of every topic, students are STRONGLY encouraged to write down all of the vocabulary words, definitions, and key concepts found in the concept folders.  These notes will help students a lot to complete assignments and tests.

Students are learning how to:

  • Justify the selection of specific control structures when tradeoffs involve implementation, readability, and program performance, and explain the benefits and drawbacks of choices made.

  • Decompose problems into smaller components through systematic analysis, using constructs such as procedures, modules, and/or objects.

  • Document design decisions using text, graphics, presentations, and/or demonstrations in the development of complex programs.

  • Use tools and methods for collaboration on a project to increase connectivity of people in different cultures and career fields.

Students are learning about these things so that they can:

  • Document my design decisions giving me an upper hand in future projects and competitions

  • Build my first VEX robot with my team

  • Program and drive my new robot

  • Understand some of the tools used for collaboration in other career fields.

Students will know they are successful when they get a perfect score on the following assignments (Keep in mind they have unlimited redos):

  • VEX-RR Question of the Day Discussion 10 pts Due 2/10

  • VEX-RR Commit to Learning 11 pts Due 2/10

  • Engineering Notebooks CFU 2 pts Due 2/10

  • Building the Speedbot CFU 2 pts Due 2/10

  • Square Dance CFU 2 pts Due 2/15

  • Converting Units CFU 2 pts Due 2/15

  • VEX-RR Make Sense of Learning 15 pts Due 2/22

  • VEX-RR Practice and Rehearse OPTIONAL 8 pts Due 2/22

  • VEX-RR Extend and Apply 15 pts Due 2/22

  • VEX-RR Quiz 10 p/ts Due 2/22


If you would like to see some pictures and read about how this unit is going please visit “Robot Construction: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”

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