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Jason McKenna

VEX Robotics

Workshop 1:

Introducing VEX 123 and VEX Go

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Video Synopsis: 

VEX 123 is an interactive, programmable robot that takes Computer Science and Computational Thinking off the screen and brings them into students’ hands. For those just entering school, these thinking skills provide a new and exciting way to learn math, express ideas, and communicate with their friends. They begin to become creators— as opposed to just consumers — of technology.

Workshop 2:

Deep dive into VEX GO

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Video Synopsis: 

In this video, you will see just how easy it is to build and code the Code Base robot. Empower Your Elementary Students by Building and Coding a Robot within Minutes. Meet VEX GO. An affordable construction system that teaches the fundamentals of STEM through fun, hands-on activities that help young students perceive coding and engineering in a fun and positive way! VEX GO includes fun, collaborative, hands-on, minds-on activities that encourage all students to participate. VEX GO Imagines new ways to create while identifying unique patterns and relationships. Minimal instructions needed before students can open VEX GO and begin.

Workshop 3:

VEXcode VR

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VEXcode VR is an easy to use platform that allows you to code a virtual robot using either Block-based coding environment powered by Scratch Blocks, or a custom developed Text-based Python interface. VEXcode VR is based on VEXcode, the same programming environment used for VEX 123, GO, IQ and V5 robots. We all know that robots make Computer Science (CS) come to life with real world applications. Now STEM learning can continue while at home for students, teachers and mentors with no access to their VEX robots.

Workshop 4:

VEX V5 Workcell

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The VEX V5 Workcell is an introduction to the world of industrial robotics. These unique STEM Labs and educator resources provide students with the opportunity to develop technical and problem solving skills by designing and building a simulated manufacturing workcell with a five axis robot. Nearly all products manufactured in the world today utilize some form of mechanization, many of which include robotic workcells. The V5 Workcell utilizes a robotic arm and conveyor systems attached to the V5 Workcell, which students will build out of parts designed to work with the VEX V5 system.


Jason McKenna is the Director of Global Educational Strategy for VEX Robotics, overseeing all curriculum development and classroom integration. McKenna is an accomplished educational practitioner and strategist with 20 years of classroom experience and success in implementing STEM programs and robotics competitions for students at all levels. Jason joined Robomatter in 2015, which was acquired by VEX Robotics in 2016. Prior to Robomatter, McKenna spent years serving in the Hopewell Area School District where he had the chance to work with the CMU Robotics Academy. Jason received his undergraduate in Elementary Education and his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.