The Virtual FTC Robot Simulator is a free tool that helps kids learn to code

The Virtual FTC Robot Simulator is a free tool that helps kids learn to code by participating in a Virtual FIRST Tech Challenge competition. It runs on Chromebook and can be found at We also have a version that runs locally.

Coding is an essential skill in today’s job market, and the Virtual FTC Robot Simulator offers a unique way to engage students in learning this skill. By using the competitive sports model developed by Dean Kamen, the simulator helps students develop the passion and skills needed to prepare them for good, high-paying jobs. The VRS coding activities are exciting, challenging, and culminate in a project that is presented at center court.

FIRSTĀ® and the VRS make science and technology as fun and accessible as sports. Students develop teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills through documenting engineering design and project management. Research shows that even one year of a FIRSTĀ® experience strengthens STEM outcomes.

The VRS had a successful pilot at Wilmot School in Deerfield, IL. The students met twice a week for 20 minutes, learned to code an autonomous robot, produced Promotion Videos, kept and presented an Engineering Notebook, and the final competition occurred in a school-wide assembly. District 109 is now going to expand this experience to their other elementary schools.

I would be happy to provide more information and answer any questions you may have about the Virtual FTC Robot Simulator. I would also be available to arrange a demonstration of the simulator for your school district.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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