Times are quite exciting for Robots Virtual Worlds (RVW). This latest release is packed with features and content to help educators teach virtual robots and their sensors, including additional utility tables and two new challenges: Billiards and Mini Golf!
In addition, students will find the latest release easier to use and more fun as robots now move faster and more accurately, and the physics within the environments have been revamped. The new menu is easier to navigate and bugs and kinks have been removed.
There is a new helper page with Step-by-step video tutorials for getting started with RVW! To access it, click the “Getting Started” button on the Robot Virtual Worlds page on ROBOTC.
The Distance Utility Tables (in both imperial and metric units) are designed to allow the student to accurately measure how far their robot travels in the virtual world, based on timing or feedback from the encoders.
The Light Sensor Utility Table is designed to allow the student to accurately measure what values the light sensors return for different surfaces in the virtual worlds, and practice basic Forward until Dark and Line Tracking behaviors.
The Turn Utility Table is designed to allow the student to accurately measure how much their robot turns in the virtual world based on timing, feedback from the encoders, or feedback from the compass sensor. Angles are labeled using degrees.
The Billiards Challenge: Using a remote control, the student should pocket all billiards with the eight ball being last to be pocketed. Pocketing the cue ball will result in a failure.
The Mini Golf Challenge: Using a remote control, the student should knock the golf ball into the hole as quickly as possible. Consider programming one of the buttons to make the robot charge forward when pressed!
Students can now use the RVW Buggy Bot and Mammal Bot in addition to the traditional NXT and VEX bots. These bots offer sleek designs and new challenges. They are equipped with encoders, light sensor, touch sensor, sonar, and compass.
Go to http://www.robotc.net/download/rvw/ to download RVW and the new release!
(Release out on Friday, April 13, 2012.)
Robot Virtual Worlds (RVW) allows students to use their ROBOTC code on virtual robots in a simulated environment. Students will be able to write and test code in RVW and then export the same code into a real NXT or VEX robot.
With RVW, students do not have to purchase a robot, they can compile and test code much quicker, and they can use robots in fantastic environments that are unthinkable to do in the classroom!
Visit our Robot Virtual Worlds section of Computer Science Student Network to learn more.