VEX Rewind: March Recap

Unfortunately, March saw the closure of most, if not all, schools across the country.  As we discussed during our most recent webinar, we are committed to helping teachers as they adjust to the demands of distance learning.  

VEXcode VR

What’s new?

Learn Computer Science at home without a robot.  VEXcode VR facilitates learning Computer Science and Robotics by allowing students to code a virtual robot in a block-based coding environment.  VEXcode VR is based on VEXcode, the same programming platform used for VEX 123, GO, IQ, and V5 robots.  

Why you’ll love it:

VEXcode VR is web based; no software installations are required.  Just go to vr.vex.com and begin learning. VEXcode VR utilizes a pre-built virtual robot.  The VR Robot features drivetrains that help to make navigation easy, sensors that can be used to solve mazes, and a pen that allows students to code a creative drawing. 

Students can choose from different virtual 3D playgrounds to use the virtual robot’s features.  Students can also control their point of view as the robot runs their code. Playgrounds include a grid map, an art canvas, and a walled maze with more to be included.

However, don’t take my word for it.  Here are some of the feedback we’ve received so far:

Here is also an email I received from Scott Brown, a Engineering and Technology Instructor in Georgia:

Jason,

I just finished watching your webinar and I have to write and say THANK YOU.  We have been out since 3/13 and I have been racking my brain trying to come up with some learning lessons that I could give my robotics students that they could do at home.  We are on "spring break" this week but come Monday they are going to have some work to do.

Again on behalf of myself (and I think I can safely say thousands of other teachers across this country and around the world) THANK YOU and VEX for this.

We’ve also updated the Knowledge Base with information about VEXcode VR.  We also have activities that teachers can use with their students.  

Go here for more information about getting started with VEXcode VR.

Go here for more information about the VEXcode VR activities.

Go here to read last week’s blog post about VEXcode VR.  

Pin Tool 

What’s New?

The Pin Tool is now available for individual sale.  

Why You’ll Love it:

The VEX Pin Tool makes working with VEX IQ pins and plastic even easier.  Use the Pin Tool just like you would use a pair of pliers. The Pin Tool can also be used to pry two beams apart and push pins out.

I got to show off an earlier version of the Pin Tool while at the FETC conference in Miami, and teachers loved it.  I’m very happy that teachers and competition teams have the opportunity to purchase them now.

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