FTC Block Party - CS2N Mode 2013-14
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The FTC Block Party – CS2N Autonomous Mode Challenge (Autonomous Mode) is a two-minute long programming competition that takes elements from the current FTC Block Party competition and modifies them to allow the game to be played in an autonomous only mode.

The picture at the left is the FTC Block Party Game Simulation;
the picture at the right is the Autonomous Mode Challenge.

 

The Autonomous Mode challenge takes elements from the Block Party game and adds additional features that enable students to solve the program using autonomous programming only. 

 

Autonomous Game Mode Additional Game Elements

The Green Start Zones – robots start in the green Start Zones. If your robot returns to either Green Start Zone during the match you can pause the game’s Internal Timer will stop the game without a time penalty. While the clock is stopped you can: load another program to your robot and run it, rerun the same program, or switch robot types and load a new program while the clock is stopped.

 

The Auto Load Zones - The yellow areas are “Auto Load Zones”. If you drive into an Auto Load Zone your robot is automatically loaded with blocks and you can then take them to scoring zones the same way that you can in the actual Block Party Game.

 

Red Warp Zones – If you drive to the one of the Warp Zones you can press the pause button on the game interface and the game’s Internal Timer will stop the game without a time penalty and your robot will be Warped to a Green Start Zone. At that point you can: load another program to your robot and run it, rerun the same program, or switch robot types and load a new program while the clock is stopped.

 

Pause Button – If your robot does not reach either a Green Start Zone or the Red Warp Zone you have the option of pressing the pause button allowing you to: load another program to your robot and run it, rerun the same program, or switch robot types and load a new program while the clock is stopped, but you will take a 10 second time penalty.

 

 You will find a full set of rules in the Rules/Requirements Tab on this page.


Software Required: FTC Block Party

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    Rules / Requirements
    What is FTC Block Party?
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    Block Party is the 2013-14 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Challenge

     

    The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is part of the FIRST Robotics Continuum of activities. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”. FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head robotics engineering design challenges. The challenge changes every year; this year’s game is called Block Party.

    Download FTC Block Party »
    In Your Classroom

    Using CS2N Block Party In Your Classroom

    The FTC Block Party Autonomous Mode Challenge (CS2N Mode) provides that ideal opportunity for a classroom teacher, a coach, or a robotics tournament sponsor to host their own internal team or classroom competition.  The Robotics Academy has setup technology that allows students to write code and test their robots and their scores are immediately sent to the classroom teacher to post.

     

    The picture at the left is a picture of an example of an FTC Block Party Group
    The picture at the right is the FTC Block Party Autonomous Mode Only Challenge

     

     

    This game provides a great opportunity to teach programming in a fun way. Using CS2N you are able to track student’s progress and review their code.

     

    Steps to Setup a Group

    We have created a step by step guide for setting up groups. To open it up in a different window click here.

     

    You can download the FTC Block Party Virtual World here.

     

    If you have questions send them to research@cs2n.org.

    Key Dates
    Phases

    Date Availability

    Submission

    10/03/13 to 03/14/14

    Winners Announced

    08/15/14

    How to Participate
    Step 1: Register
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    Click the box on the right to sign up.

    Step 2: Submit Your Score
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    Scores are submitted directly through FTC Block Party. Learn how this works by clicking GO.

    Step 3: Submit Your Code

    October 03, 2013 - March 14, 2014

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    Complete your entry by submitting your code.

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