Welcome to teachVR.vex.com!
There are a number of ways that you can bring coding to life for your students with VEXcode VR. This page is a hub of resources that you can use as you begin teaching with VEXcode VR, and return to later to learn more. Here to help you take the guesswork out of teaching with VEXcode VR, teachVR.vex.com is a support for you as you continue to grow and learn on your teaching journey.
During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, I was faced with teaching a combined fourth and fifth grade classroom operating on a hybrid schedule. My students loved learning STEM with VEX GO when they were in person, but that was only every other day. Fortunately, I was able to add VEXcode VR to our curriculum, and students could continue learning computer science from home in a fun and engaging way. Despite the challenging schedule, my fourth and fifth graders were able to have productive and meaningful computer science learning experiences thanks to VEXcode VR. My students enjoyed coding the VR robot so much that it has remained a vital part of our robotics and STEM curriculum to this day!
former elementary teacher
Introducing VEXcode VR!
Born out of a pandemic need when physical robots were not an option for many students, VEXcode VR has grown to become a core component of robotics and computer science classes around the world. With VEXcode VR, students code Virtual Robots (VR) in immersive and engaging Playgrounds to learn and practice computer science concepts and supplement what they are doing and learning with physical robots.
Coding anytime, anywhere
Using a web-based platform with no student accounts or installations required, you can code a VR Robot and see it move in seconds! Over 15 immersive, 3D Playgrounds bring coding challenges to life for students, motivating them to keep learning, experimenting, and problem solving even after class has ended. VEXcode VR Enhanced and Premium offer even more Playgrounds, enhanced graphics, and greater robot capabilities to take student engagement even further.
Same VEXcode, new challenges
Because it’s based in VEXcode, the skills students have learned in other VEX platforms transfers easily to VR, and can be built upon through coding Virtual Robots. Students can grow from block-based to text-based coding with Python capability in VEXcode VR Enhanced and Premium.
Sharing made simple
Students can download and share their projects, offering teachers a way to see what students are doing behind their screens. This gets even easier with VEXcode VR Enhanced and Premium, where Dropbox and Google Drive sharing capabilities—and extra class organizational tools—are available.
Something for everyone
From navigating a maze to crashing a castle; coding a underwater ocean cleaning robot to drawing artwork with the VR Robot pen; and moving magnetic disks to creating constellations, VEXcode VR has Playgrounds and coding challenges for every student, no matter what their interest or experience level.
Engage Students from the Start
Getting started is as easy as typing vr.vex.com into your browser. With no login required, students can immediately begin coding!
Easy to start, easy to use
A Tutorial video viewable upon launch gives a quick overview of how to use VEXcode VR. Students can watch the Get Started video and make their VR Robot move in minutes!
See your robot move immediately
Build your project and watch it run with the press of a button. No downloading, wires, or compiler errors involved. Does your project run as intended? Press Start to find out! Then add, edit, and iterate on your project with ease.
Make the invisible visible
View sensor data in real time with features like the Dashboard. With visibility of abstract concepts like decision making, students have a window to better understand how their code connects to robot behaviors.
Read this Insights article to learn more about how VEXcode VR supports student engagement. Insights is part of VEX Professional Development Plus (PD+), along with a wealth of other professional development resources. Like what you see? PD+ is included with a VEXcode VR Premium subscription.
Curricular Resources at Your Fingertips
Whether you are teaching beginners or experienced coders, VEXcode VR curricular resources will help you shape your class in the way that best meets the needs of your students.
VEXcode VR Activities are simple, student-facing, editable Google Docs that offer a coding challenge with scaffolded levels of exploration.
With filters for difficulty level, category, and Playground, finding an Activity for your students is easier than ever. Subject area tags make cross-curricular connections visible, so you can confidently and comfortably infuse computer science into your classroom.
VEXcode VR Activity Labs are sequenced Activities with some additional scaffolding and supports added to help students as they complete the Lab. The Activities are all designed to be student-facing so they can be used to extend student engagement with VEXcode VR Playgrounds. Activity Labs are designed to be flexible, so that students can engage with them as is, or activities can be extended or adapted to best meet your students needs and your teaching style.
The Computer Science Level 1 Blocks and Python courses offer longer, more comprehensive, and highly scaffolded instruction that can be taught in a variety of ways. Both courses give students a solid foundation in coding with either VEXcode VR Blocks or Python, while teaching coding concepts—from Drivetrain commands to building algorithms—through coding challenges with virtual robots.
Scopes and Sequences
These curated scope and sequences offer 9 week implementations to help you plan your teaching with VEXcode VR courses and Activities.
VEXcode VR is Versatile
The depth and breadth of Playgrounds, curricular options, and coding challenges makes VEXcode VR a versatile classroom tool. Whether you are looking to foreground coding concepts before building physical robots, differentiate teaching of coding concepts for reteaching or acceleration, give students extra practice outside of class, blend VR with physical robots in cohort groups, or use computer science to expand a class project, there is a way to do all of this and more. Learn more about how teachers are bringing VEXcode VR into their classrooms to make their teaching easier and more engaging for students.
Select a tab below to see a teacher’s story about blending VEXcode VR into their teaching, and get a clearer picture of the possibilities that VEXcode VR offers to make teaching and learning robotics and computer science more effective and engaging.
Connecting VR and other VEX Platforms
VEX 1:1 Pacing Guides identify common concepts between STEM Lab Units and VR Activities, offering clear pathways to extend student learning and engagement with VEXcode VR. The 1:1 Pacing Guides take the guesswork out of bringing VEXcode VR into your classroom by showing you how to supplement what you are already doing with VEX robotics with the added benefit of VEXcode VR.
See how VEXcode VR can supplement physical robots in your setting with the 1:1 Pacing Guides.
- VEX GO 1:1 Pacing Guide
- VEX IQ (1st generation) 1:1 Pacing Guide
- VEX IQ (2nd generation) 1:1 Pacing Guide
- VEX EXP 1:1 Pacing Guide
Teacher Supports for VEXcode VR
VEXcode VR includes a number of resources to help as you teach with virtual robots in your setting.
- Solutions for Activities and Course Challenges – All Activities and Course Challenges have sample solutions so you have a starting point for assessing students’ projects. There are many ways to solve a challenge, but solution files will offer one example of a successful project for each level of the Activity or Course Challenge. Get the Solutions in the VEXcode VR Teacher Portal.
- Project sharing and class organization – VEXcode VR Enhanced and Premium offer the ability to connect to Google Drive and Dropbox, to make your students’ project organization easier than ever before. Learn more about sharing files in this article.
- Organize class use of VEXcode VR – Assign students a class code so that their project files are automatically sorted for you based on your sharing preferences. Learn more about class codes in this article.
VEX Professional Development Plus (PD+)
VEX Robotics offers comprehensive professional development resources available on pd.vex.com. VEX’s Professional Development Plus (PD+) platform is your destination for a wealth of resources designed to empower educators in the world of STEM. The VEX PD+ platform offers two tiers - a free tier and an All-Access paid tier. PD+ is included with VEXcode VR Premium, or you can subscribe separately.
VEX PD+ free tier
The VEX PD+ free tier includes access to:
- Intro Courses: These self-paced online courses provide training on each VEX platform. Each course contains formative assessment and tracks your progress, making it easy for you to check your understanding and complete the course at your own pace. Once you become certified, you gain access to the VEX Professional Learning Community (PLC).
- Professional Learning Community (PLC): Join a network of global educators and VEX Experts, where you can learn, share, and benefit from a wealth of shared experiences. This is your virtual Teacher’s Lounge, where you can have meaningful dialogue, share expertise, ask questions, and work collaboratively to improve your STEM teaching and learning.
VEX PD+ paid tier (All-Access)
The VEX PD+ paid tier (All-Access) includes access to:
- 1-1 Sessions: Schedule a 1-1 session with a VEX expert, get guidance and support tailored to your needs.
- VEX Masterclasses: Video-based, expert-led courses that range from introductory ‘Getting Started’ courses to more advanced and pedagogy focused courses.
- VEX Video Library: Access to hundreds of videos across a variety of topics and VEX platforms, available anytime and from anywhere.
- Live Sessions: Thematic, hour-long, expert-led sessions that provide insights and practical takeaways about teaching with VEX.
- VEX Robotics Educators Conference: An annual conference that brings the VEX PD+ Community together for in-person, hands-on learning, inspiring keynotes, and learning sessions with VEX education experts.
Every user will also have access to their own dashboard, which includes a tour of all the VEX PD+ features, allowing them to get started easily. We are continuously updating PD+ with new materials, ensuring our platform remains a rich, dynamic resource for our educators.
We are here to support you on your professional journey. If you have any questions, or feedback, you can use the feedback tool in VEX PD+. We're excited for you to explore, learn, and connect.
Embedded resources in VEXcode VR
Tutorials, example projects, and the built-in Help offer students multiple avenues to answer questions, troubleshoot a project, or problem solve a solution as they are working in VEXcode VR. This helps teachers remain facilitators of learning, and help students gain independence and agency over their learning.
- Tutorials are short videos that open and play within VEXcode VR and cover a range of topics about how to navigate and use VEXcode VR.
- View this article to learn more about viewing Tutorials in VEXcode VR
- Example Projects are sample VEXcode VR projects that can be run to show a particular coding concept or challenge feature. Students can open and run an example project, observe the VR Robot, then modify the example project to make it their own.
- View this article to learn about using Example Blocks Projects
- View this article to learn about using Example Python Projects
- Help explains what each command in the Toolbox does, in a popup format in the workspace. The Help is a great resource to use with students to further explore a command and how it can be used in a project.
- View this article to learn about accessing Help in a Blocks Project
- View this article to learn about accessing Help in a Python Project
Research Based, Standards Aligned
Developed by teachers for teachers, VEXcode VR offers research-based and standards-aligned curricular resources so that you can teach with confidence.
Supported by educational research
VEXcode VR was born out of a pandemic need, when physical robots were not an option for many students. Since its inception, VEXcode VR has grown and continues to offer teachers and students a strong supplemental resource to broaden their robotics and computer science curricula in many different educational settings. Learn more about how teachers have used VEXcode VR with their students:
- Read about Teaching and Learning Computer Science with VEXcode VR
- Read about Insights and Implications from a School Implementation
- Read about Learning Programming Anywhere with VEXcode VR
Aligned to standards
All VEXcode VR curricular resources are aligned to standards. You can view standards alignment by country for both the Computer Science Level 1 Course and VR Activities.
The content and resources on this page are a ‘home base’ for you on your teaching journey with VEXcode VR. This page is just an introduction, and is by no means an exhaustive list of all that is on offer within VEXcode VR. From here, you can continue your teaching journey on the path of your choice.
- Learn about VEXcode VR Enhanced and Premium
- cs.vex.com - View all of the curricular resources for VEXcode VR
- help.vex.com - Explore the VEX Library to learn more about using and teaching VEXcode VR
- pd.vex.com - Engage with VEXcode VR educators worldwide in the Community, watch videos to grow your knowledge and teaching practice with VEXcode VR, and more
- support.vex.com - Visit support.vex.com for additional customer support