FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics league where middle and high school students design, build and program robots to fulfill a challenge which changes every season. Virtual Robot Simulator is a platform that allows students to program and test FIRST Tech Challenge robots without the need for physical hardware, making challenges and risks associated with real equipment obsolete.
Watch a basic introduction and setup guide to VRS!
Watch this VRS program, created by 5th graders, achieve the FTC Ultimate Goal world record of 180 points.
– Write programs in both FTC Blocks and Java!
– Upload custom robots with accurate mechanics
– Accurate Development environment
– Regularly updated
– Realistic physics simulations
– Filled with lessons, challenges, and hints
– Complete documentation
– Free-to-use and open source
Better for beginners, more lessons and more stable
Better for real FTC teams, support for latest season
Here are some guides that beginners can use for reference after getting VRS.
Document – Goes over how to install and set up VRS
Introducing how to make your robot move and how to strafe (move in any direction without turning)
Article – The most basic introduction to Virtual Robot Simulator and programming in general.