Unit 10 - Potentiometers

Unit Objectives

This unit explains the functionality of a potentiometer.

Unit Teacher Notes

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Lesson 10.1 (480 minutes)

This unit explains how a potentiometer works from a physical and programming standpoint.


  • Explain the purpose of a potentiometer
  • Explain how a potentiometer operates
  • Explain the difference in a shaft encoder and a potentiometer
  • Given the components of a VEX robotics design system program potentiometer in autonomous mode to have the robot move forward, pick up a ball using the potentiometer, avoid the ball stand, and then drop the ball at the end of the court

Quiz (30-60 minutes)

Quiz on the unit


  • Check for understanding