Computer Science Level 1 - Python
Continue on your Computer Science journey with text-based coding in VEXcode VR Python! Using a VR Robot to solve various coding challenges, students will learn about project flow, loops, conditions, and algorithms in Python.
Introduction and Fundamentals
This Unit shows you the value of VEXcode VR and how easy it is to use. This Unit also outlines the structure for the course, giving you a preview of what is to be expected, and providing you with the tools to be successful.
Moving Your Robot
In this Unit, you will solve the Castle Crasher challenge. You will learn how to use Python to make the VR Robot use the Drivetrain commands in order to move around the Castle Crasher Playground. You will also learn how to sequence commands correctly in order to knock over all castles on the playground.
In this Unit, you will solve the Draw a House Challenge. You will learn how to use the Pen tool on a VR Robot to draw different shapes on the Art Canvas Playground. You will also learn how to use for loops in Python to repeat a set of behaviors multiple times, such as drawing the sides of a square.
Navigating a Maze
This Unit will show you how to use sensor input to navigate the VR Robot regardless of its surroundings, instead of “hard-coding” movement with only Drivetrain commands. This is an important first step in being able to build an effective algorithm. You will work on the Wall Maze Challenge using Python to navigate the VR Robot through the Wall Maze Playground from start to finish. You will learn how to use the Bumper Sensor and the while loop to solve the Wall Maze Challenge.
Detecting Walls from a Distance
In this Unit, you will navigate the VR Robot from start to finish through the Wall Maze Challenge without bumping into walls! You will learn how to use the Distance Sensor on the VR Robot with while loops and comparison operators to solve the Wall Maze challenge.
Knowing Your Location
In this Unit, you will complete the Drive to Three Numbers challenge and use the Location Sensor to navigate the VR Robot to three different numbered locations on the Number Grid Map Playground! You will apply commands from the Drivetrain, Sensing, and Control categories in the correct sequence in order to solve the Drive to Three Numbers challenge.
Decisions with Colors
In this Unit, you will be introduced to the importance of conditional statements. You will explore why conditional statements, such as the if statement, need to be used with infinite loops, such as infinite while loops, in order for the VR Robot to behave as intended. You will learn how to use the Eye Sensor and conditional statements to solve the Disk Maze Challenge. In the Disk Maze Challenge, the VR Robot will navigate through the Disk Maze Playground from start to finish using the Eye Sensor to detect colors.
Moving Disks with Loops
In this Unit, you will learn the importance of sensor feedback and nesting loops. You will learn how to use the Electromagnet on the VR Robot to pick up and drop disks to solve the Disk Mover challenge. You will apply skills learned in previous Units to create a VEXcode VR project that uses VR Robot Sensors and loops to solve the Disk Mover Challenge.
This Unit introduces you to algorithms. Back in Unit 2, you solved the Castle Crasher Challenge on a Playground where the layout did not change. In this Unit, you will have to solve the same challenge, but on a Playground that changes the layout with each reset. This introduces the need for an algorithm that uses sensor feedback instead of a sequence of simple commands.