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Botline: Create classroom competitions! 50% off RVW

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Host your own robotics programming competition!

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We are happy to announce that we have just released the ability for individual teachers to develop their own Robot Virtual World (RVW) programming competitions!

When you create a Group on CS2N with a competition, you can:

  • Invite your students to participate the competition
  • See your students’ competition score
  • See your students competition code allowing you to examine their work

Need help setting up a Group for a CS2N Competition? Learn how to create one by going through our step-by-step Tutorial.

Take a look at any of our current competitions today »

 

Teach Robotics using RVW in your classroom

We have just released the ability to create a Group for two Robot Virtual Worlds (RVW) courses. Now you can teach programming, use our automated-assessment tools, and make sure your students are on the right track! If you already have a Group, you can now add these courses to your Group.

Need help creating a Group? Learn how to create one by going through our step-by-step Tutorial.

NOTE: In order to get access to Groups, you must be a Teacher. Make sure your CS2N account is set to a teacher by going into your Account Settings.

 

 

Robot Virtual Worlds 50% OFF sale

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Robot Virtual Worlds is currently having an End-of-the-year sale for Annual licenses. Take a look at this page for more details »

 

 

Coming Soon – New NXT/LabVIEW Robot Virtual Worlds

We are extremely excited to announce Robot Virtual Worlds for
NXT-G and LabVIEW software. Below are videos that show Robot Virtual Worlds being programmed by the two programming languages.

Written by Vu Nguyen

November 26th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Robotics Summer of Learning Competitions Ending Soon!

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Robotics-Leaderboard copyOur inaugural Robotics Summer of Learning competitions are coming to a close on August 31! We have received some great entries, but there is still time to submit your programs for a chance at some awesome prizes.

There are three competitions eligible for prizes: CS2N VEX Toss Up Challenge, CS2N FTC “Ring It Up!” Challenge, and Robot Virtual Worlds Beacons and Barriers. Each competition is broken up into three divisions. Each player is eligible for only one prize per competition.

 
 

Divisions

  • Middle School Division - 6th to 8th Grade (for the 2013-2014 School Year)
  • High School Division - 9th to 12th Grade (for the 2013-2014 School Year)
  • Open Division - Teachers, Mentors, Coaches, Educators, Hobbyists, Everyone!

The prizes are top notch … we are giving away VEX IQ and NXT Kits; ROBOTC and Robot Virtual Worlds licenses; and two $1000 scholarships. Listed below are the official prizes:

Prizes

VEX Prizes FTC PrizesLevel Builder Prizes

The official rules are listed on the official Robotics Summer of Learning page.

You only have a few more days to enter for your chance at these awesome prizes, so sign up today!

Written by Cara Friez

August 15th, 2013 at 8:00 am

Summer of Learning Leaderboards are Live

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Robotics LeaderboardWe are happy to announce that the leaderboards for the Robotics Summer of Learning competitions are live! Each leaderboard shows the overall scores as well as the leaders in each division. The results are real-time, so check back often to see where you stand. The competitions run until August 31, 2013.

Leaderboards

VEX Toss Up

FTC Ring it Up!

 

Divisions

  • Middle School Division - 6th to 8th Grade (for the 2013-2014 School Year)
  • High School Division - 9th to 12th Grade (for the 2013-2014 School Year)
  • Open Division - Teachers, Mentors, Coaches, Educators, Hobbyists, Everyone!

Prizes

VEX Prizes FTC Prizes

The official rules are listed on the official Robotics Summer of Learning page.

Written by Cara Friez

July 24th, 2013 at 10:08 am

Nature Doc-U-mentary Competitions

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Get your creative juices flowing with the Nature Doc-U-mentary competitions for Alice 2, Scratch, and SAM Animation!

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Nature Doc-U-mentary is a set of related video competitions hosted by the Computer Science Student Network (CS2N) as a part of the Robotics Summer of Learning. There is one competition for Alice 2, one competition for Scratch, and one competition for SAM Animation.

The competitions are all on the same subject: Whatever fantastic creature you want! Use your choice of the three programs to create a documentary story on a creature that you either found or made up. It can have any traits, history, personality, and habits you like!

Alice, Scratch, and SAM are all great ways to introduce kids to multimedia video production and computer technology. SAM (Stop Action Movies) is an excellent program to introduce children to video production.  Even the youngest kids will be able to use the simple interface  to create a cool stop motion animation.

Scratch’s visual programming language is easy to understand and helps kids develop early programming skills for the future. Not only can you make movies in Scratch, but you can also make all kinds of interactive games.

Alice brings further programming skills to the table and expands the horizons of what kids can animate in their worlds. Alice’s programming combines 3D animation and event scripting to allow kids to use 3D models to make all kinds of videos.

All three programs are available for download at the above links. Also available are courses that teach basic and advanced use of the programs. Both the courses and the downloads are 100% free, courtesy of CS2N.

Registering for a competition is easy! Just follow these steps:

1)      Go to one of the competition pages (linked above)

2)      Login or register in CS2N

3)      Click on the box under “Step 1: Register”

Don’t forget to read the “Rules/Requirements” section for each competition!

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2013.

All participating individuals or groups will also be required to evaluate 5 other submissions. Evaluations will begin on September 1st, and must be submitted by September 14th.

These competitions are part of the Robotics Summer of Learning program. Summer of Learning is sponsored and created by the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, a division of the world renowned Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute.

Written by Tom Vielott

July 1st, 2013 at 9:14 am

Prizes for the Robotics Summer of Learning Announced!

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Robotics PrizeWe are very happy to announce the official prizes for the Robotics Summer of Learning competitions! We will be giving away VEX IQ and NXT Kits; ROBOTC and Robot Virtual Worlds licenses; and two $1000 scholarships. There will be three competitions eligible for prizes: CS2N VEX Toss Up Challenge, CS2N FTC “Ring It Up!” Challenge, and Robot Virtual Worlds Beacons and Barriers.

Each competition will be broken up into three divisions. Each player is eligible for only one prize per competition. The official rules are listed on the official Robotics Summer of Learning page.

Competitions are open now, so sign up today!
 

 

Divisions

  • Middle School Division – 6th to 8th Grade (for the 2013-2014 School Year)
  • High School Division - 9th to 12th Grade (for the 2013-2014 School Year)
  • Open Division - Teachers, Mentors, Coaches, Educators, Hobbyists, Everyone!

 
Prizes

VEX Prizes FTC PrizesLevel Builder Prizes

The official rules are listed on the official Robotics Summer of Learning page.

Start programming today for your chance at these awesome prizes!
 

Robot designed by Drew Ellis from The Noun Project and the Trophy is from The Noun Project.

 

Beacons & Barriers Level Building Competition has Begun!

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Get ready to create all new levels in the Robot Virtual Worlds’ Level Builder! Sign up for Beacons and Barriers, the Robotics Summer of Learning level design competition.

 

Beacons and Barriers is a design competition primarily intended for kids aged 12-18, but open to all, that is focused on creating fun and challenging levels using the Robot Virtual Worlds’ (RVW) Level Builder and Model Importer.  In addition, the participants will write a succinct and easy to read set of instructions for completing the level. The competition is hosted online at the Computer Science Student Network (CS2N).

This competition offers a unique opportunity for students to create levels and get feedback from their peers. They will also give feedback on their peers’ work.  Everyone learns not only how to evaluate projects logically, but also how to effectively communicate their assessment.

Entries will be judged based upon their difficulty, uniqueness, length, and fun factor. Their instructions will be judged on their ease of comprehension and grammatical correctness. The project’s final score for the competition will be based on the scores given by their peer reviewers.

There will be three divisions for this competition: Middle School, High School, and Open. The top five in each division will win the prizes listed below. Students in Middle School and High School who place in the top five will need to submit verification from their school about the grade they will be entering in for the 2013-2014 school year.  The top entries from the competition will also be highlighted in a blog post after the competition, and the 1st place level will be posted on future CS2N Level building competitions as a benchmark for success.

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Divisions
- Middle School Division – 6th to 8th Grade (for the 2013-2014 School Year)
- High School Division – 9th to 12th Grade (for the 2013-2014 School Year)
- Open Division – Teachers, Mentors, Coaches, Educators, Hobbyists, Everyone!

Registration for the Beacons and Barriers level building challenge is available now, and is open to all members of the CS2N community.

Registering is easy:

1. Visit the Beacons and Barriers Main Page

2. Login to your account or register for CS2N.

3. Click on the box under “Step 1: Register.”

The final level file and instructions are due by August 31st, 2013. Don’t forget to look at the rubric that your level and instructions will be evaluated on. The files must be submitted in a zipped folder containing the .rvl file for your level and either a .pdf, .rtf, or .txt file that contains your instructions.

If you have any questions, whether it is about the RVW level editor, the competition, or how to do things like zip files, create pdfs, and so on, send your question to CS2N through “Contact Us
We’ll do our best to respond to your question as soon as possible.

Remember: The competition does not end with the submission of files. Participants must grade and give feedback on other projects during the first two weeks of September (September 1st until September 14th, 2013). Each participant will have 5 other projects that they must review and give feedback.  Participants will not be able to win prizes if they do not complete their evaluations. After the evaluation period ends, participants may choose to give their evaluators feedback on how useful their evaluation was.

The final winners of the competition will be announced on October 1st, 2013

Written by Tom Vielott

June 7th, 2013 at 10:49 am

Botline: Robotics Summer of Learning

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This summer, students have the opportunity to learn how to program robots, design games, animate stories, and earn a chance to win $10K in prizes and scholarships for free and all online!

VEX “Toss Up”

CS2N’s VEX Toss Up challenges you to program your autonomous virtual robot with ROBOTC to score as many points as possible, via scoring or locking BuckeyBalls and large balls, as well as hanging from a colored bar!

FTC “Ring It Up!”

CS2N’s FTC “Ring It Up!” challenges you to program your autonomous virtual robot with ROBOTC to score as many points as possible, via hanging rings on the center or corner post hangers and placing rings on the red floor tiles!

Animation Competition

“Nature Doc-u-mentary,” asks students to write a creative narrative and make an animated documentary using either Scratch or Alice 2.0. By using storytelling and animation as a motivator, students learn the importance of the design process while using interactive programming software.

Game Design Challenge

“Beacons and Barriers”, will have users focus on creating levels for a virtual robot to navigate through. They will use the Model Importer, included in Robot Virtual Worlds, to create objects to serve as checkpoints and obstacles.

CS2N has free software and courses. Sign up today!

Software and training will be provided for free throughout the summer. Students will have 24/7 access to the online course materials, as well as professional support from developers of the software and curriculum. There will be over $10,000 in prizes available to participants in the challenges, including free software, robot kits, and college scholarships. The Robotics Summer of Learning kicks off on June 1 and runs to September 1, 2013.

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Our Professional Development courses provide teachers and coaches with a solid foundation for robot programming in the respective languages, and experience in troubleshooting common student mistakes. It also focuses on identifying and extracting academic value from the naturally occurring STEM situations encountered in robotics explorations. Classes are available on-site or online.

Classes are filling up quick, so sign up today!

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Robotics Summer of Learning

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Robotics Summer of Learning

This summer students have the opportunity to learn how to program robots, design games, animate stories, and earn a chance to win over $10,000 in prizes and scholarships! The Robotics Summer of Learning program hopes to effectively increase students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) related fields. The program is hosted online at the Computer Science Student Network.

The Summer of Learning initiative is sponsored by Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Academy - an educational outreach of Carnegie Mellon University and a part of the university’s world-renowned Robotics Institute. The Robotics Academy mission is to develop educational tools and resources to use the motivational effects of robotics to excite students and teachers about science and technology.

The Computer Science Student Network (CS2N) is a collaborative research project between Carnegie Mellon University (including the Robotics Academy) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) designed to increase the number of students pursuing advanced Computer Science and STEM degrees. CS2N is an online network for students and teachers to connect together and use engaging activities designed to teach how to program robots, animations, web pages, and games.

CS2N also includes tools for teachers/educators to create their own individual groups for students to join. Using the “groups” feature, teachers can track their students’ progress through every activity offered on the site. All of CS2N’s learning activities are designed to align with national educational standards.

Check out all the great features and challenges that will be offered through the Robotics Summer of Learning…

Programming Robots 

ROBOTC logoThe Robotics Summer of Learning will offer students the opportunity to program a variety of robots in deep space, on a tropical island, and a VEX or FTC game board. The robots are programmed in ROBOTC, a programming language for LEGO, VEX and Arduino robots. Beginning ROBOTC users are able to utilize simple Natural Language commands like forward, reverse, and pointTurn at the introductory level and then migrate to full C-Programming to learn advanced computer science concepts like recursion, pointers, multitasking/threading, and multi-agent communications.

Students will program the virtual robots using the ROBOTC language and ROBOTC’s Robot Virtual Worlds (RVW) software, an interactive educational video game software that allows every student to experience the same benefits of learning robotics and programming. RVW tracks and stores student’s progress, through CS2N, as they solve different levels in each World. After successfully completing a World, students earn a badge that documents their achievements. At the end of the summer, students will have the opportunity to take an exam that will earn them a Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy programming certification, which can be included in the student’s academic portfolio.

Introductory programming lessons are taught in the tropical themed Palm Island, one of three virtual environments in Robot Virtual Worlds. Once students learn the basics in their first mission, they are then challenged to complete missions on Planet H99 in deep space, and underwater in the Ruins of Atlantis. The final challenge is a national robot programming competition that will include over ten thousand dollars in scholarships and prizes. Two new “programming only” robotics game have been developed specifically for the Robotics Summer of Learning programming competition, which take advantage of current VEX and FTC games in Robot Virtual Worlds. The games are played by autonomously programming your robot to place objects into scoring positions as quickly as possible.

VEX “Toss Up”

VEX Toss Up

CS2N’s VEX Toss Up challenges you to program your autonomous virtual robot with ROBOTC to score as many points as possible, via scoring or locking BuckeyBalls and large balls, as well as hanging from a colored bar!

FTC “Ring It Up!”

FTC Ring It Up

CS2N’s FTC “Ring It Up!” challenges you to program your autonomous virtual robot with ROBOTC to score as many points as possible, via hanging rings on the center or corner post hangers and placing rings on the red floor tiles!

 

Nature Documentary

Animation

Animation programming languages, such as Scratch and Alice, make it easy for students to create video stories, animations, games, music, and art. By using storytelling and animation as a motivator, students learn the importance of the design process while using and learning interactive programming software.

Our Robotics Summer of Learning Animation Challenge is called Nature Doc-u-mentary. This challenge asks students to write a creative narrative and make an animated documentary using either Scratch, SAM Animation, or Alice 2.0.

 

 

 

Game Design

Beacons and Barriers

Designing a digital game allows students the opportunity to creatively brainstorm ideas, create 3D objects to import into the game board, learn how to program in order to test the success of the game, and challenge them to think of ways to advance and optimize the gameplay. Robot Virtual Worlds comes with two great tools, the Level Builder and the Model Importer. The Level Builder uses a 12-inch by 12-inch board and our “desktop” models to create their very own Robot Virtual World. The Model Importer allows students to import their own 3D models into Level Builder to take their game to the next level. Students can use both tools while designing their own game board for a virtual robot to successfully complete!

Our Robotics Summer of Learning Animation Challenge is called Beacons and Barriers.  This challenge will have users focus on creating levels for a virtual robot to navigate through. They will use the Model Importer, included in Robot Virtual Worlds, to create objects to serve as checkpoints and obstacles.

 

 

The Robotics Summer of Learning Program is excited for the opportunity to advance students’ interests in STEM and advanced their programming skillsets! Software and training will be provided for free throughout the summer. Students will have 24/7 access to the online course materials, as well as professional support from developers of the software and curriculum. There will be over $10,000 in prizes available to participants in the challenges, including free software, robot kits, and college scholarships. The Robotics Summer of Learning kicks off on June 1 and runs to September 1, 2013. 

Sign Up Today for the Robotics Summer of Learning!

 

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Professional Development

Also offered during the summer are our Professional Development courses. These courses provide teachers and coaches with a solid foundation for robot programming in the respective languages, and experience in troubleshooting common student mistakes. It also focuses on identifying and extracting academic value from the naturally occurring STEM situations encountered in robotics explorations. Classes are available on-site or online.

Classes are filling up quick, so sign up today!

 

FTC Worlds 2013 Recap

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We had a great time at the 2013 FTC World Championship last week! It was awesome seeing so many teams using ROBOTC on their computers. We really enjoyed meeting all the different teams and hearing your stories. We will have interviews posted from the event in the next couple weeks. Thank you to every one who stopped by to say hi and congrats to EVERY team. Also thank you to FIRST and FTC for inviting us to be a part of such an awesome event. We look forward to next year!

Check out our short recap video:


 
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And if you haven’t had a chance, head on over to our Facebook page to check out our photo album – FIRST World Championship 2013

 
 

Written by Cara Friez

April 30th, 2013 at 2:27 pm

VEX Worlds 2013 Recap

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vexrwcWe had so much fun at the 2013 VEX World Championships last week! We saw some great matches, met tons of fantastic people, and got a chance to share some big news with everyone throughout the week.  We will be posting more detailed information on our news next week, so keep an eye out for that. Thank you to every one who stopped by to say hi and congrats to EVERY team. You all did an amazing job. Also thank you to VEX Robotics and the REC Foundation for inviting us to be a part of such an awesome event. We look forward to next year!

Check out our short recap video:


 
 
 
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And if you haven’t had a chance, head on over to our Facebook page to checkout our photo album – VEX Worlds 2013.

 
 
 

Written by Cara Friez

April 23rd, 2013 at 4:14 pm