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FTC Block Party - Driver Skills 2013-14 Competition
|Submissions||11/01/13 - 03/14/14|
The CS2N FTC Block Party – Driver Skills Fall 2013 Challenge is a one-minute long remote control competition utilizing the Robot Virtual Worlds environment. The challenge is to score as many points as possible using a combination of Driver Control and Autonomous Behaviors which are triggered via a programmable Joystick. Multiple elements have been added to the field that allows this game to be solved; colored lines and tiles, IR beacons, walls, and designated loading zones can all be used by the Robot’s sensors to compete autonomously. The game’s time is tracked using the RVW game’s Internal Timer, which will be used in the final scoring metric to determine high scores.
A Player can earn points during a Match by placing Blocks into any of the Goals on the Pendulum(s), by placing Blocks onto the Floor Scoring Area(s), by raising a Flag during the End Game period, and by having a Robot Hang using the Pull-Up Bar during the End Game. The Outer Pendulum Goals are worth more points than the Inner Pendulum Goals, which are worth more than the Floor Scoring Areas. If the Pendulum is Balanced at the end of the Match, additional points will be applied to a Player’s total score.
Directions on reconfiguring the Joystick can be found here: http://www.robotc.net/wiki/Custom_Joystick_Controls
- Rules & Requirements
ROBOTC Curriculum for TETERIX and LEGO MINDSTORMS – This link takes you to training materials designed to help new programmers learn ROBOTC. If you are learning to program using only Robot Virtual World (RVW) software, this curriculum is designed to complement the Curriculum Companion Tables 3.0 RVW shown below. The Curriculum Companion Tables are included in all downloads of ROBOTC. You can find out more about RVW at: http://robotvirtualworlds.com/
CS2N Learn Courses:
ROBOTC Programming for FTC Teams – this link will take you to a FREE ONLINE COURSE that teaches ROBOTC programming using RVW software. The course breaks the ROBOTC for TETRIX and LEGO MINDSTORMS curriculum into smaller parts and includes RVW programming challenges and quizzes.
FTC Block Party 2013-14 Forums – There are hundreds of people that log into the ROBOTC forums on a regular basis. Many of the people on the forum are world experts and will be glad to help you if you supply them with well-formed questions and examples of your code. Additionally, there have been over 20,000 posts at the forum and so you may be able to find your answer your question at the forum.
Robot Virtual World Forums – This forum specifically addresses issues related to RVW software.
ROBOTC Wiki - When new features are added to ROBOTC and ROBOTC Robot Virtual Worlds they are documented at the ROBOTC Wiki. This example link takes you to how to configure custom remote control joysticks enabling you to use non-standard remote controls to control your RVW robots.
Robot Virtual World Setup
Using CS2N Block Party In Your Classroom
The FTC Block Party Driver Skills Challenge 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 Driver Skills 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
You can download the FTC Block Party Virtual World here.
If you have questions send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to submit score for RVW Competitions
1. First, launch Robot Virtual Worlds with the Competition Game World selected (ROBOTC: Select Virtual World to Use, or Virtual Brick: Selecting Target World)
2. When prompted, log into Robot Virtual Worlds using CS-STEM credentials. This will required an online connection.
3. Lastly, make sure the game is configured to proper settings. If the competition is a Robot/Programming Skill, make sure that it is selected in order for the score to count.
4. Start the game. At the end of the game, a scoreboard prompt will appear, with an option to upload score to CS-STEM. Clicking on that will open a browser to the submission form (may require login). Fill out form to submit score.