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In February 2011, the Robotics Academy released our first version of Robot Virtual Worlds (RVW). Back then, we were striving to make a new educational breakthrough that would allow kids using the motivational effects of video games and robotics combined to learn all about programming. Users are able to program virtual robots using the exact same programming language that they used to control their real robots – they could work with a robot at school and then go home to continue their education using our unique simulation engine!

Since that initial release, we have learned an incredible amount about robot simulations, game development, and our customer’s expectations and desires. Since our initial beta release in February and our retail release in September of 2011, we have made great improvements that provide a much richer overall experience. Some of these new features include:

  • Improved Robot Physics and Gameplay
  • New and Improved Sensor Simulation
  • Completely new robot models with new features such as gripper arms and elevator lifts.
  • More “game” like worlds with real-time scoring and open ended challenge
  • CS2N.org integration for earning achievements and badges
  • Education tools like user tracking (via CS2N) to keep tabs on student progress

Today we’re announcing an extended free trial opportunity for everyone to try our latest Robot Virtual Worlds software until the end of the year. This extended trial is available to everyone, including those users who have already used their initial 60-day trial included with the Robot Virtual Worlds software. This extended trial will allow you to try Robot Virtual Worlds until the end of 2012. Our hope is that you’ll give our updated worlds a test drive and see the incredible improvements we’ve already made and continue to make every day. To find out how to download your free extended license, take a look below.

Steps for NXT Users to use the FREE license:

  1. Install/Update to the latest version of ROBOTC (Currently 3.51) http://www.robotc.net/download/nxt/
  2. Download the special extended LEGO trial license. This file will allow the Virtual Worlds to work until December 31, 2012 and can be installed on an unlimited number of computers at school or at a student’s home. This license WILL work even if your ROBOTC trial is already expired http://www.robotc.net/files/RobotVirtualWorlds_LEGO_InstallLicense.exe
  3. Make sure ROBOTC is closed and run the installer for the extended trial license. This installer will automatically install and activate the extended trial.
  4. To learn how to access the RVW once they are installed go to: http://www.robotc.net/download/rvw/step2a-setting-up-rvw.php

Steps for VEX Users to use the FREE license:

  1. Install/Update to the latest version of ROBOTC (Currently 3.51) http://www.robotc.net/download/cortex/
  2. Download the special extended VEX trial license. This file will allow the Virtual Worlds to work until December 31, 2012 and can be installed on an unlimited number of computers at school or at a student’s home. This license WILL work even if your ROBOTC trial is already expired. http://www.robotc.net/files/RobotVirtualWorlds_VEX_InstallLicense.exe
  3. Make sure ROBOTC is closed and run the installer for the extended trial license. This installer will automatically install and activate the extended trial.
  4. To learn how to access the RVW once they are installed go to: http://www.robotc.net/download/rvw/step2a-setting-up-rvw.php

The Curriculum Companion is designed for computer science and robotics classes. This product includes over 30 tabletop type classroom activities that mirror the activities found in the ROBOTC for MINDSTORM and ROBOTC for VEX Curriculums. Students can pick from several robot types. Students earn badges as they complete the RVW challenges that can lead to them earning a Robotics Academy Robotics Programming Certification.

 

 

The LEVEL Builder allows students and teachers to design their own levels. This initial product gives the level designer a 12’ by 12’ pallet to design on and uses existing models found in the curriculum companion. By this spring, students will be able to import their own models using standard modeling software. Eventually, our goal is to enable students to build their own robots and import them into RVWs!

 

 

Palm Island is a fantasy world where students can practice basic behavior based programming. This world is simple but interesting. The first level involves moving straight, second level turning, third level combining straight and turning… The world is designed so that students can practice simple behaviors to complete the challenge. Students should complete lessons in the movement section of the curriculum before they attempt Palm Island.

 

 

RING IT UP simulates this year’s FTC game. Ring It Up provides a game-like environment where students program TETRIX robots to solve game. The game keeps track of time and as your students play the game their scores are tracked. Students can program the robot’s wheels, arm, elbow, and gripper. The game simulation also features an automatically configured IR beacon so that students can test their IR beacon code.

 

 

SACK ATTACK simulates this year’s VEX Robot Game. Sack Attack provides a game-like environment where students program VEX robots to solve game. The RVW simulation keeps track of time and score as the robot competes in the game. The new game allows programmer to program the robot’s wheels, arm, elbow, and gripper. The game simulation also allows remote control.

 

 

Ruins of Atlantis is an underwater world where students can practice basic behavior based programming. Students collect jewels and coins in this game as they work through an underwater maze. The game includes our first underwater robot! Students should understand basic ROBOTC programming before they attempt to solve the game.

 

 

Operation Reset! We will release the third edition of Operation Reset in October of 2012. This is the most game-like world we’ve ever released. Students are required to program or remotely control robots on Planet H99. The colony was just hit by an intergalactic storm and all of the satellite communication towers need reset. The robots are also tasked to collect unobtanium, refuel a rocket, and solve a variety of unanticipated events.

Written by Jesse Flot

September 27th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Posted in General News,NXT,VEX

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