FIRST has announced the latest game for their FTC division, Block Party! We’re happy to announce that we’ve implemented it as a virtual world to help teams practice their programming this season. Check out this video to see the game in action, along with some scoring highlights:
Like previous years, game scoring and timing are fully implemented in the virtual world. This year, we’ve also included three different robot models, each with their own unique characteristics. Each robot can be equipped with an IR Seeker or a Gyroscope to allow for different autonomous strategies.
Scissorbot has been updated to include hooks that allow it to suspend from this year’s hanging bar. It’s gripper has also been modified to pick up the Block game objects.
Brand New! Conveyorbot was created specifically for Block Party! It can carry up to four Blocks (the maximum allowed), and also drop them off one at a time, allowing you to keep the Pendulum Goal balanced.
Gripperbot has been modified to allow it to pick up the Blocks. A new spinner motor has also been added, which will allow you to raise your alliance Flag.
You can always find the latest version of the FTC Block Party virtual world here, at RobotVirtualWorlds.com. You will also find additional information to help you get started.
We appreciate your feedback! If you have any questions or need any help getting started, feel free to post at the ROBOTC.net forums.
Written by Jesse Flot
September 7th, 2013 at 3:00 pm