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Robot Virtual Worlds: Updates Galore

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In preparation for the 2013 Robotics Summer of Learning, we’ve released updates for the Palm Island (v2.1.0), Operation Reset (v3.1.0),Curriculum Companion (v2.4.0), and Level Builder (v2.0.11) Virtual Worlds!

In Palm Island, Operation Reset, and the Curriculum Companion, we’ve added two highly-requested features: Graphics Quality Control andUpdate Notifications.

Graphics Quality Control
In the Options section of each virtual world, we’ve added a new Graphics Quality setting. Choosing LOW (FASTER) will reduce the visual quality of the virtual environment, but will allow the virtual worlds to run more smoothly on older computers. MEDIUM is the default setting and is a balanced choice between quality and speed on most computers. Choosing HIGH (SLOWER) will improve the visual quality and is the most resource intensive; it is only recommended if you have a newer computer with a dedicated graphics card.


Update Notifications
If your computer is connected to the Internet and you log in using your CS2N account in the virtual world, it will now check if there is a newer version of the virtual world available. If an update is available, a notification about the new version appears with a DOWNLOAD NOW button. Simply press it to download the latest version available!


RVW Level Builder
We also updated the RVW Level Builder! We have improved the performance of the menus and fixed an issue where line tracking tiles were getting “stuck” once they were placed. Thank you to everyone who has sent in feedback! We’ve also released a series of videos to help get started with the Level Builder:

The updates can be downloaded from the RVW Level Packs Download area at or

Written by Jesse Flot

May 10th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Robot Virtual Worlds Measurement Toolkit

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Measurement-Tool-KitWe recently added a great new feature to our Robot Virtual Worlds … the Measurement Toolkit! There is no more guessing on how far a robot needs to travel to solve programming problems. It allows for intelligent path planning and navigation. You can now have students do the math, show their work, and explain how they solved the problems.

Check out our newest video that talks about what the measurement toolkit can do in RVW!

FREE Robot Virtual Worlds Webinars

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RVW Webinars RAWe understand the challenges robotics classrooms face every day in terms of cost, number of robots, batteries, and homework. That is why we created Robot Virtual Worlds (RVW). With RVW, every student can experience the same benefits of learning robots, right on their computer. RVW currently simulates popular real-world VEX, LEGO, and TETRIX robots in a 3D environment; while using the same language, ROBOTC, to program both your virtual robot and your physical robot.

To help you get started and get a better understanding of what RVW can do, we are offering five FREE webinars through Google Hangout  with project manager, Jesse Flot, and some members of his team! We will show you a brief tutorial on the specific topic of the day then take a few questions from the Google Hangout chat or on twitter using hashtag #RVWHangout.






Listed below are the specific dates and topics we will be covering …

Free Robot Virtual Worlds Webinars on Google Hangouts

Monday, April 1 at 4pm EST
  • What is Robot Virtual Worlds?
    • Overview of RVW.
    • Why RVW?
    • Step-by-step tutorial on getting started.
    • Additional RVW Resources.
Monday, April 8 at 4pm EST
  • Using the RVW Curriculum Companion.
    • Free ROBOTC Curriculum, including programming challenges.
    • Programming challenges, along with the curriculum robots.
    • Solve one of the challenges.
    • Benefits of using RVW in addition to or in place of real robots.
    • Badges with RVW and on CS2N.
Monday, April 15 at 4pm EST
  • Using the RVW Level Builder with Model Importer
    • What is Level Builder and why we made it?
    • Sample level.
    • Program levels using ROBOTC.
    • Share levels with another person.
    • Import an object using the Model Importer and include it in the newly created level.
Monday, April 22 at 4pm EST
  • Gaming Environments with the Robot Virtual Worlds
    • Palm Island and Operation Reset.
    • Benefits of using the game environments.
    • Measurement Toolkit to find distances the robot needs to move.
    • Badges with RVW and on CS2N.
Monday, April 29 at 4pm EST
  • Competition Environments with the Robot Virtual Worlds
    • Why do so many teams wait until the last minute to program their robots?
    • Autonomous and remote control scoring in the environment.
    • Multiplayer features in development.
    • CS2N Programming Competition development.

Introducing Palm Island: Luau Edition!

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To be more precise, this new Luau Edition of Palm Island is really a “reintroduction”. Our first version of Palm Island was released in the summer of 2011.  Since that time, we’ve learned quite a bit and developed a lot of great features, so we decided to put together this major upgrade to the world.



Whether you’ve used the original version of Palm Island or this version is your first, you will appreciate just how beautiful and vibrant this world is. Take a look at this comparison picture between the two versions (more pictures below):


Of course, the changes are much more than skin deep. Players are immersed in a world where they are programmers-in-training under Commander Roxie Rivet-minder. In addition to programming their robots to traverse the boardwalk path as part of the typical training regiment, they will have to prepare for a Luau Commander Rivet-minder is throwing by setting Lobster Traps, collecting Coconut Clusters, and placing Trash Bins. Just look at some of these shots from the world:



As players make progress, they’ll earn badges in the game, which can also be tied to a (Computer Science Student Network) account (click here to create your free account).

There’s a ton of new features and functionality included in Palm Island: Luau Edition, too many to give justice to in one short blog post, so we’ll be highlighting different features in the coming days and weeks. A quick snapshot of some of these new features includes:

  • A completely refreshed world with new art and immersion elements
  • New side missions, a keyboard control area, and a line tracking element
  • An in-game map and interface that updates as the player makes progress in the world
  • A new Tutorial system that allows content to differ whether you’re using Virtual Worlds for Mindstorms or Virtual Worlds for VEX Cortex
  • Two highly detailed, printable maps of the island, and a new issue of Robotics Today Magazine
  • Measurement tools that allow you to quickly view the distance and angles your robot needs to move
  • A new main menu to log in, quickly get to content, switch between robots, and enable/disable features in the world

Of course, the best thing that you can do is download and install Palm Island: Luau Edition from the RVW Level Packs page. Like all of our Virtual Worlds, Palm Island is completely free if you have a Robot Virtual Worlds license, and if you don’t have one you can try it for free. We would love to hear your thoughts about Palm Island! Please share them on our Facebook page, here on the blog, or the forums.

Written by Jesse Flot

March 4th, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Try ROBOTC Robot Virtual Worlds (Free until Dec 31)

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In February 2011, the Robotics Academy released our first version of Robot Virtual Worlds (RVW). Back then, we were striving to make a new educational breakthrough that would allow kids using the motivational effects of video games and robotics combined to learn all about programming. Users are able to program virtual robots using the exact same programming language that they used to control their real robots – they could work with a robot at school and then go home to continue their education using our unique simulation engine!

Since that initial release, we have learned an incredible amount about robot simulations, game development, and our customer’s expectations and desires. Since our initial beta release in February and our retail release in September of 2011, we have made great improvements that provide a much richer overall experience. Some of these new features include:

  • Improved Robot Physics and Gameplay
  • New and Improved Sensor Simulation
  • Completely new robot models with new features such as gripper arms and elevator lifts.
  • More “game” like worlds with real-time scoring and open ended challenge
  • integration for earning achievements and badges
  • Education tools like user tracking (via CS2N) to keep tabs on student progress

Today we’re announcing an extended free trial opportunity for everyone to try our latest Robot Virtual Worlds software until the end of the year. This extended trial is available to everyone, including those users who have already used their initial 60-day trial included with the Robot Virtual Worlds software. This extended trial will allow you to try Robot Virtual Worlds until the end of 2012. Our hope is that you’ll give our updated worlds a test drive and see the incredible improvements we’ve already made and continue to make every day. To find out how to download your free extended license, take a look below.

Steps for NXT Users to use the FREE license:

  1. Install/Update to the latest version of ROBOTC (Currently 3.51)
  2. Download the special extended LEGO trial license. This file will allow the Virtual Worlds to work until December 31, 2012 and can be installed on an unlimited number of computers at school or at a student’s home. This license WILL work even if your ROBOTC trial is already expired
  3. Make sure ROBOTC is closed and run the installer for the extended trial license. This installer will automatically install and activate the extended trial.
  4. To learn how to access the RVW once they are installed go to:

Steps for VEX Users to use the FREE license:

  1. Install/Update to the latest version of ROBOTC (Currently 3.51)
  2. Download the special extended VEX trial license. This file will allow the Virtual Worlds to work until December 31, 2012 and can be installed on an unlimited number of computers at school or at a student’s home. This license WILL work even if your ROBOTC trial is already expired.
  3. Make sure ROBOTC is closed and run the installer for the extended trial license. This installer will automatically install and activate the extended trial.
  4. To learn how to access the RVW once they are installed go to:

The Curriculum Companion is designed for computer science and robotics classes. This product includes over 30 tabletop type classroom activities that mirror the activities found in the ROBOTC for MINDSTORM and ROBOTC for VEX Curriculums. Students can pick from several robot types. Students earn badges as they complete the RVW challenges that can lead to them earning a Robotics Academy Robotics Programming Certification.



The LEVEL Builder allows students and teachers to design their own levels. This initial product gives the level designer a 12’ by 12’ pallet to design on and uses existing models found in the curriculum companion. By this spring, students will be able to import their own models using standard modeling software. Eventually, our goal is to enable students to build their own robots and import them into RVWs!



Palm Island is a fantasy world where students can practice basic behavior based programming. This world is simple but interesting. The first level involves moving straight, second level turning, third level combining straight and turning… The world is designed so that students can practice simple behaviors to complete the challenge. Students should complete lessons in the movement section of the curriculum before they attempt Palm Island.



RING IT UP simulates this year’s FTC game. Ring It Up provides a game-like environment where students program TETRIX robots to solve game. The game keeps track of time and as your students play the game their scores are tracked. Students can program the robot’s wheels, arm, elbow, and gripper. The game simulation also features an automatically configured IR beacon so that students can test their IR beacon code.



SACK ATTACK simulates this year’s VEX Robot Game. Sack Attack provides a game-like environment where students program VEX robots to solve game. The RVW simulation keeps track of time and score as the robot competes in the game. The new game allows programmer to program the robot’s wheels, arm, elbow, and gripper. The game simulation also allows remote control.



Ruins of Atlantis is an underwater world where students can practice basic behavior based programming. Students collect jewels and coins in this game as they work through an underwater maze. The game includes our first underwater robot! Students should understand basic ROBOTC programming before they attempt to solve the game.



Operation Reset! We will release the third edition of Operation Reset in October of 2012. This is the most game-like world we’ve ever released. Students are required to program or remotely control robots on Planet H99. The colony was just hit by an intergalactic storm and all of the satellite communication towers need reset. The robots are also tasked to collect unobtanium, refuel a rocket, and solve a variety of unanticipated events.

Written by Jesse Flot

September 27th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Posted in General News,NXT,VEX

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