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Qualify to compete at VEX Worlds with our Virtual Programming Skills Challenge!

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Robomatter and the REC Foundation are proud to announce the VEX and VEX IQ Programming Skills Challenge for Robot Virtual Worlds! Test your skills and qualify to compete at the 2019 VEX Worlds!

The two winners of the Robomatter sponsored VEX Turning Point – Programming Skills and VEX IQ Next Level – Programming Skills Robot Virtual World competition will receive an invitation to compete at the VEX World Championship April 24-27, 2019 (VEX Robotics Competition and VEX U) and April 28-30 (VEX IQ Challenge) at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville Kentucky.

Contest Rules:

  • Must be a registered RECF VEX team in the correct division (ie: high school students)
  • Must compete through CS2N.org and the latest version of ROBOTC + the RVW
  • Must include code as part of their submissions
  • Winning teams will be asked to verify their details with Robomatter and the RECF
  • Click here for the complete challenge rules and terms and conditions

 


 

VEX Robotics Competition Turning Point

VEX Robotics Competition Turning Point is played on a 12’x12’ square field. This simulation allows you to program in Robot Skills, Programming Skills, and VEX Competition mode as a single player. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring Caps, Scoring Flags, and by Alliance Parking or Center Parking Robots on the Platforms.

Prize: The winner of this competition will receive an invitation to compete at the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship — April 24-27, 2019 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Click here to register (Must have, or create, a free CS2N account) »

Submission dates: March 28, 2018 — January 15, 2019

Winner announced: March 3, 2019

 


 

VEX IQ Challenge Next Level

VEX IQ Challenge Next Level is played on a 4’x8’ rectangular field. This simulation allows you to program for the Robot Skills Challenge, where one robot takes the field to score as many points as possible under driver control; and the Programming Skills Challenge, where one robot scores as many points as possible autonomously, without any driver inputs. The object of the game is to attain the highest score by Scoring Hubs in Building Zones, by Removing Hubs from the Hanging Structure, and by Hanging Robots at the end of the Match.

Prize: The winner of this competition will receive an invitation to compete at the VEX World Championship — April 28-30, 2019 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Click here to register (Must have, or create, a free CS2N account) »

Submission dates: March 28, 2018 — January 15, 2019

Winner announced: March 3, 2019

 

For more details and resources, visit http://robotc.net/recf/

Happy programming!

 

Written by Cara Friez-LeWinter

September 18th, 2018 at 4:18 pm

New Versions of Robot Virtual Worlds!

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Blog - Update to RVW

The Robot Virtual Worlds team is very excited to announce the latest updates of several of our worlds. This release changes the process for logging in and tracking progress in Robot Virtual Worlds. Read below to find out more.

Updated worlds

Launching these worlds will now automatically log you in as a guest. If you want to log in with a local or CS2N account, click the “Log In” button in the upper left of the main window.

Launching these worlds will now automatically log you in as a guest. If you want to log in with a local or CS2N account, click the “Log Out” button in the main menu.

The log in window for Resolvers has been changed – the “Guest” tab is now the default tab that is opened when you launch the game.

Other worlds

  • Expedition Atlantis
  • Atlantis Prime
  • Curriculum Companion
  • All robotics competition worlds, such as Virtual VRC Starstruck

No changes have been made to the log in steps or screens for these worlds.

Let us know what you think of the new updates!

Written by Cara Friez-LeWinter

September 11th, 2018 at 12:11 pm

VEX Robotics Competition Turning Point – Robot Virtual World Now Available!

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We are thrilled to announce the availability of our brand new virtual environment, the VEX Robotics Competition Turning Point! As in years past, this world is made available at the same time as its real world counterpart when unveiled at VEX Worlds!

Robot Virtual Worlds (RVW) is a high-end virtual environment that enables students to learn programming concepts with or without a physical robot. RVW uses a virtual VEX EDR or VEX IQ robot with motors and sensors in 3D environments which can be programmed using the same language as physical robots. The RVW environment is perfect for classroom, homework, and competition!

The competition for this year is extremely exciting! With VRC Turning Point, matches are played on a field set up as seen above.

The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Scoring Caps,

Scoring Flags,

and by Alliance Parking or Center Parking Robots on the Platforms.

A bonus is awarded to the Alliance that has the most points at the end of the Autonomous Period.

Using Robot Virtual Worlds will allow you to …

  • Practice programming in the 2018-2019 game right away
  • Compete with your classmates, or online through CS2N (starting in the Fall)
  • Form strategies using the virtual field
  • Develop and test code on a simulated robot before running code on a real robot!

Don’t wait until the season begins, start practicing today! Click the following links for all the information on the game – http://robotvirtualworlds.com/turningpoint

Written by Cara Friez-LeWinter

May 11th, 2018 at 2:58 pm

VEX IQ Challenge Next Level – Download the Robot Virtual World Version Today!

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We are excited to release our brand new virtual environment, the VEX IQ Challenge Next Level! As in years past, this world is made available at the same time as its real world counterpart when unveiled at VEX Worlds.

The competition for this year is so much fun! The object of VEX IQ Challenge Next Level is to attain the highest score by Scoring Hubs in Building Zones, by Removing Hubs from the Hanging Structure, and by Hanging Robots at the end of the Match.

Using Robot Virtual Worlds will allow you to …

  • Practice programming in the 2018-2019 game right away
  • Compete with your classmates, or online through CS2N (starting in the Fall)
  • Form strategies using the virtual field
  • Develop and test code on a simulated robot before running code on a real robot!

Click the following links for more information and to start playing today – http://www.robotvirtualworlds.com/nextlevel

Written by Cara Friez-LeWinter

May 11th, 2018 at 2:55 pm

Congrats to our Robot Virtual Worlds Online Challenge Winners!

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We are very excited to announce the winners of our Robot Virtual Worlds Online Challenge for both VEX EDR and VEX IQ! Winners of each competition received an invitation for their team to compete at VEX World Championship 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky.

VEX EDR In The Zone Virtual World Winner: Team 7110Z from Southlake, TX (pictured above receiving their award at VEX Worlds!)

VEX IQ Ringmaster Virtual World Winner: Team 31009A from Xi’an, China!

Congrats to both teams!! And look for the 2018-2019 challenge here soon!

Written by Cara Friez-LeWinter

May 11th, 2018 at 2:50 pm

VEX IQ Challenge Ringmaster Robot Virtual World Now Available!

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RVW Ringmaster
 

We are thrilled to announce the availability of our brand new virtual environment, the VEX IQ Challenge Ringmaster! As in years past, this world is made available at the same time as its real world counterpart when unveiled at VEX Worlds!

The competition for this year is extremely exciting! With VEX IQ Challenge Ringmaster, matches are played on a field set up as seen below. The object of the game is to attain the highest score by Scoring Rings on the Floor Goal and on Posts, by having Uniform Posts, by Emptying Starting Pegs, and by Releasing the Bonus Tray.

 

 

Using Robot Virtual Worlds will allow you to …

  • Practice programming in the 2017-2018 game right away
  • Compete with your classmates, or online (starting in the Fall)
  • Form strategies using the virtual field
  • Develop and test code on a simulated robot before running code on a real robot!

To help you get started with this new Robot Virtual World, check out our video-based VEX Curriculum Series completely for free to help you get started with programming.

Click the following links for more information and to start playing – robotvirtualworlds.com/ringmaster

Written by Cara Friez-LeWinter

April 25th, 2017 at 7:00 pm

VEX Robotics Competition In The Zone Robot Virtual World Now Available!

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RVW In The Zone
 

We are thrilled to announce the availability of our brand new virtual environment, the VEX Robotics Competition In The Zone! As in years past, this world is made available at the same time as its real world counterpart when unveiled at VEX Worlds!

The competition for this year is extremely exciting! With VRC In The Zone, matches are played on a field set up as seen below. The object of the game is to attain a higher score than the opposing Alliance by Stacking Cones on Goals, by Scoring Mobile Goals in Goal Zones, by having the Highest Stacks, and by Parking Robots.

 

Using Robot Virtual Worlds will allow you to …

  • Practice programming in the 2017-2018 game right away
  • Compete with your classmates, or online (starting in the Fall)
  • Form strategies using the virtual field
  • Develop and test code on a simulated robot before running code on a real robot!

To help you get started with this new Robot Virtual World, check out our video-based VEX Curriculum Series completely for free to help you get started with programming.

Click the following links for more information and to start playing today – robotvirtualworlds.com/inthezone

Written by Cara Friez-LeWinter

April 22nd, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Congrats to our VEX Virtual Programming Challenge Winners!

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We are very excited to officially announce the winners of our VEX Virtual Programming Skills Challenge for both VEX EDR and VEX IQ! Winners of each competition received an invitation for their team to the VEX World Championship — April 19-22, 2017 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

 
VEX EDR Winner: Eagle Engineering (Team # 1138B)

 

VEX IQ Winner: MS of Gao Xin 2 (Team # 1155B)

 

Congrats to both teams!! We look forward to seeing all them at VEX Worlds in a couple weeks!

Written by Cara Friez-LeWinter

March 3rd, 2017 at 3:30 pm

The VEX and VEX IQ Programming Skills Challenge for Robot Virtual Worlds 2017

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Robomatter, VEX Robotics, and the REC Foundation are excited to present low cost, high quality virtual competitions that enable students to test their problem solving and programming skills in the VEX Starstruck and VEX IQ Crossover Robot Virtual World Competitions. And, not only do these virtual competitions provide a great learning experience, you could also qualify for the 2017 VEX Worlds Championship!!
 

This Year’s Games

Both games simulate the single-player Robot Skills and Programming Skills modes of the physical Starstruck and Crossover competitions. However, only the Programming Skills modes of the Virtual simulations are awarded prizes. To participate in the competition, you must update your Robot Virtual World software.

 

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In the Starstruck Robot Virtual Worlds Competition, your goal is to score as many stars and cubes in your zones. You then must hang your robot on your hanging bar.

 

 

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For the Crossover Robot Virtual Worlds Competition, you must pick up the hexballs, score them in their colored scoring area, and then balance on the bridge.

 

Winners Qualify for VEX Worlds!

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The winners of the Robomatter sponsored VEX Starstruck and VEX IQ Crossover Virtual World competition will receive an invitation to the VEX World Championship April 19-25, 2017 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville Kentucky!

Important Deadlines:

  • Submissions for both contests are due by January 11, 2017.
  • Winners will be announced by February 1, 2017

To learn more about the VEX and VEX IQ Programming Skills Challenge for Robot Virtual Worlds, visit www.robotc.net/recf and visit www.cs2n.org/competitions to sign up!

Summer STEM Activities and Resources

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Summer STEM

 

Summer is here, and it’s a great time to take on some new and interesting STEM activities that are both educational and fun. There are a lot of STEM resources on the web, but here’s a quick summary of a few that we think are worth checking out:

 

  • SOL2016Carnegie Mellon CS-STEM Network Summer of Learning: The CS-STEM Summer of Learning program is an online outreach research project run by the Carnegie Mellon CS-STEM Network and University of Pittsburgh Learning and Research Development Center, in partnership with Robomatter, Inc. The program seeks to improve student preparedness in areas related to Computer Science, Computational Thinking, Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics. Sign up today!

 

  • Makey Makey: MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. By allowing you to turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet, beginners and experts to invent all sorts of things like, you know, a banana piano.

 

  • efk-logoEngineering For Kids: Engineering For Kids (EFK) brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way through classes, camps, clubs, and parties. With 145 locations around the world, it’s easy to find an EFK location near you!

 
 

  • Squishy Circuits: The goal of Squishy Circuits is to design tools and activities which allow kids of all ages to create circuits and explore electronics using play dough. The site guides you through creating conductive dough, creating insulating dough, and building some really cool circuits.

 

  • skew rev2 - CopyROBOTC Projects on Instructables: Instructables is a website specializing in user-created and uploaded do-it-yourself projects, which other users can comment on and rate for quality. Instructables has instructions for pretty much anything, but we’re sort of partial to the ROBOTC projects.

 

  • Expedition Atlantis iPad App: Playing Expedition Atlantis is a classroom-proven method to teach kids the math that they need to program their robots. Through its virtual robotics environment, Expedition Atlantis allows students to focus on learning mathematical strategies, without having to worry about the nuances of programming, like syntax and debugging. And, it’s available in an iPad App!

 

 

 

If you have a cool robotics or computer science project that you’re working on this summer, let us know! We’d love to feature you and your project in our Cool Projects blog. Drop us a line at: SocialMedia@robomatter.com.