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The update to the software includes new sample programs to help you get started with autonomous programming, along with expanded versions of the rules documents to help make the objectives and mechanics of the competitions more clear.
We’ve also added tons of helpful information on the CS2N Competition page, which is sure to help you through the entire process.
We’ve just released major updates to our FTC Block Party Virtual World! These updates include modified versions of the popular competition, allowing it to be played for 2 minutes with autonomous-only programs. Similar to our popular Summer of Learning competitions, player-programmers can submit their high scores and code to CS2N to compete for prizes. In addition, if you have a USB joystick, you can compete in the new remote control competition as well!
In the FTC Block Party Virtual World, program one of three robots to score as many points as possible in autonomous and driver controlled modes. Score points by:
- Placing Blocks in Floor goals
- Placing Blocks in Pendulum goals
- Raising the Flag
- Hanging from the Bar
FTC Block Party – CS2N Mode
FTC Block Party also includes a number of changes to make the game more autonomous friendly. Some of the highlights are:
- Replaced the actual game objects on the field with yellow autoload zones that will fill the robot’s end effectors with scoring objects
- Game objects can be scored in any pendulum or floor goal
- Added new warp zones that will give the player the option of resetting at one of the start positions without penalty
- Removed the central ramp, making movement along the table more consistent
See the rules documents for the full game explanation:
Additional information to help you get started:
- All information on CS2N Competitions can be found here
- FTC Block Party can also be downloaded at RobotVirtualWorlds.com or CS2N.org
- If you don’t already have a CS2N account, sign up for a free one here
- Updates and information will be posted on the CS2N Competition pages and here on the ROBOTC.net blog
- If you need any help, don’t hesitate to post on the ROBOTC.net forums
We were asked to be a part of an FTC Google Hangout recently to talk about Programming in ROBOTC for First Tech Challenge. If you happened to miss the webinar, check it out here …
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.