We’re extremely excited to announce our latest update to the Curriculum Companion Virtual World! The latest version, 3.1.0, includes a number of fixes and enhancements, one of which is a brand new robot: the Matrix Rover!
The virtual Matrix Rover is modeled after its real-world counterpart, created by Matrix Robotics. Our virtual model includes the adjustable gripper, along with a light sensor, ultrasonic sensor, and gyroscope. It’s a fantastic tool for classrooms and competition teams looking to learn how to program with the metal building system.
To take advantage of the virtual Matrix Rover, make sure that your Platform Type in ROBOTC is set to LEGO NXT + TETRIX/MATRIX. Also make sure that the Curriculum Companion is set as the virtual world to use under the Window menu. When the virtual world opens (after downloading a program), you’ll be able to choose the Matrix Rover from a list on the ROBOTS section of the world.
Also, to help get you started, here is a full set of sample code for the Matrix Rover.
Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback since our last release of the Curriculum Companion! We’ve made a number of enhancements based on your feedback. One notable change is that we lowered the Ultrasonic Sensor on the NXT REMBOT, and also angled it downward 2.5 degrees. This allows it to detect objects in the environment that were previously too low!
Download the latest version of the Curriculum Companion from the Robot Virtual Worlds page. It’s also highly recommended that you update ROBOTC to the latest version, if you haven’t already.
If you’re using the Curriculum Companion (and you should be), make sure you have an account on CS2N.org. Using your account in the Curriculum Companion and other virtual worlds will allow you to earn and keep track of achievements as you make progress.
If you need any guidance getting started with the Curriculum Companion, ROBOTC, or other virtual worlds, be sure to check out the short video series we have here.
Written by Jesse Flot
October 17th, 2013 at 5:04 pm