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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.
No robot? No problem. The RVW Curriculum Companion is designed to allow you to follow along with the materials in the VEX Cortex Video Trainer or ROBOTC Curriculum for TETRIX and LEGO MINDSTORMS, even if you don’t have a physical robot. We’re happy to announce version 3.0 of the Curriculum Companion, which will allow you to follow along with the training materials better than ever. This version of the Curriculum Companion is included with (and requires) ROBOTC version 3.62. Download and install it for VEX or LEGO today to get started with the improvements!
Curriculum Companion 3.0 for LEGO MINDSTORMS
When ROBOTC has its Robot > Platform Type set to NXT or NXT + TETRIX/MATRIX, the Curriculum Companion includes 5 simulated LEGO and TETRIX robots and over 40 programming challenges from the ROBOTC Curriculum for TETRIX and LEGO MINDSTORMS.
New in Curriculum Companion 3.0 for LEGO MINDSTORMS:
- Brand new TETRIX Mantis robot model
- Updated LEGO REMBot and TETRIX Ranger robot models with improved physics and appearance
- Fully programmable robot arms and grippers
- Complete array of sensors, now including Gyroscopes and IR Seeker
- 7 new programming challenges not included in previous versions
Curriculum Companion 3.0 for VEX Robotics
When ROBOTC has its Robot > Platform Type set to VEX 2.0 Cortex, the Curriculum Companion includes 4 simulated VEX robots and over 40 programming challenges from the VEX Cortex Video Trainer.
New in Curriculum Companion 3.0 for VEX Robotics:
- Brand new bVEX Cortex Clawbot robot model
- Updated Squarebot and Swervebot robot models with improved physics and appearance
- Fully programmable robot arms and grippers
- Complete array of sensors, now including Gyroscopes and Potentiometers
- 4 new programming challenges not included in previous versions
Remember that this version of the Curriculum Companion is included with (and requires) ROBOTC version 3.62. Download and install it for VEX or LEGO.
The ROBOTC Robot Virtual World team is extremely proud to announce a brand new version of the RVW Curriculum Companion Tables for both LEGO and VEX. This new version (2.2.1) contains an incredible number of enhancements and new features. It is a free update for all existing Robot Virtual World users. Read on to find out more!
New Login Functionality
If you have an account on the Computer Science Student Network (CS2N.org), you can now log in and earn achievements. This also allows you to save your progress – marking the challenges that you’ve completed so far. If you don’t have a CS2N account, what are you waiting for?
If your computer isn’t online, you can also create a local account to log in and track your progress locally. If you’re not interested in tracking your progress, you can always take advantage of the “Log In as Guest” feature, too.
Achievement Badges and Updated User Interface
As the new login functionality implies, we’ve also added achievement badges to the challenges! You can earn Motivation badges as you work through a given challenge, Progress badges as you complete challenges, and Mastery badges when you complete specified sets from the Movement, Sensing, Remote Control, and Variables sections of the Curriculum Companion Challenges. For additional background information on badges, visit this page on CS2N.
We’ve upgraded the user interface to indicate which challenges have achievement badges. Challenges with badges have a star next to their name on the list on the left. Clicking on the challenge provides additional detail.
New In-Game Animations and Notifications
We’ve also added brand new animations and achievements to the challenges. You’ll be notified when you complete the challenge, or if your robot does something that that causes it to fail. Motivation and Progress badges will appear as you earn them on the challenges.
Many More Small Fixes and Enhancements
There’s too many in this category to list, so try the latest version out for yourself! Download it here.
For more information about the Robot Virtual World software, or help getting it up and running, visit this page.