VEX Go is a new and exciting product from VEX Robotics that helps us introduce the world of STEM, robotics and coding to our pupils. With the improved storage system, coloured parts for easy identification, fantastic ‘how to’ guides and a range of free activities for teachers to access, VEX have created a product that will improve STEM outcomes for all your learners.

Through the live sessions and self-study elements of the course, we will introduce VEX Go as a tool to engage with STEM in your classrooms.

We will provide an overview of all the VEX Go kit, how to use the different components, prepare your kit for use and introduce stater builds such as ‘Code Base’ and ‘Super Car’ to show what the kit can do.

We will then look at coding using the VEX Code Go app, before considering how to use the STEM labs and other online Vex Go resources to improve STEM and Computing Science outcomes within your setting.

As part of the course, delegates will receive their own Vex Go kit to use and keep thereafter, as well as access to additional kits through the SSERC Digital Lending library.

Dates:  8th December 2021 with a follow up live session on 23rd March 2022

Closing Date: Friday 5th November 2021

Audience

For Educators working in and around First and Second level CfE.

Rationale

This exciting remote professional learning practical course provides the opportunity for you to try out engaging STEM activities, inclusive of Computing Science elements, and to consider how they can be transferred to your own setting.

Course Leader

Kevin Reid

Kevin.Reid@sserc.scot

Cost

The initial cost of the course is £320, this fee covers a resource box being sent to the school to allow the delegate to take part in the live sessions and the subsequent gap task/ self study activities.

This course is a STEM Learning ENTHUSE bursary course with each setting receiving £320 upon successful completion of the course including all relevant evaluations.

Core outcomes covered:

Organiser – Designing, building and testing computing solutions

I can demonstrate a range of basic problem solving skills by building simple programs to carry out a given task, using an appropriate language. TCH 1-15a

I can create, develop and evaluate computing solutions in response to a design challenge. TCH 2-15a

Organiser – Designing and constructing models/product

I can design and construct models and explain my solutions. TCH 1-09a

I can extend and enhance my design skills to solve problems and can construct models. TCH 2-09a

Other Experiences and Outcomes will be covered through the course and these will be referenced when appropriate.

Aim and objectives 

On completion of this training, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the VEX Go kit and how to build, power and code using this resource
  • Use the VexCode Go platform to code your creations, and the Vex Class app to manage the digital components of the kit
  • Embed the use of the Vex Go resources online, such as the STEM Labs and activities, to support and enhance learner outcomes
  • Engage with the Vex Go Challenge to enhance pupil engagement through set activities, goals and encourage achievement within STEM learning

This course will be delivered live via Microsoft Teams (2 twilights 3.45pm – 5.30pm on the dates indicated) with gap tasks assigned through the course classroom.

Each successful applicant will receive an invite to a SSERC Ltd guest teams account.