FTC Block Party - Driver Skills 2013-14
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Competition Overview

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

Software Required: FTC Block Party

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How to Set Up Robot Virtual Worlds

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    Rules / Requirements
    What is FTC Block Party?

    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.

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    In Your Classroom

    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

    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

    Date Availability


    11/01/13 to 03/14/14

    Winners Announced


    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

    November 01, 2013 - March 14, 2014

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    Complete your entry by submitting your code.