1st year VEX- Programming

I was wondering if someone could help point our team in the right direction. We are a brand new team made up of all first year VEX EDR competitors (4 sixth and 1 seventh graders). They qualified for State, and realized that to have a chance of progressing farther they need to do something more. So, they decided they would like to start coding for autonomous mode. Being a parent/mentor with no programming experience- I have no idea where to start. Could someone please help me? Any input would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

We have recently updated the VEX Cortex Video Trainer using ROBOTC, which I suggest looking through step by step. This new curriculum (still free to view and use online!) can be found by navigating to ROBOTC’s home page and clicking on the ‘VEX CORTEX Video Trainer
for ROBOTC’ link on the right side of the page (you may have to scroll down a tiny bit to find it). I’ve also included a direct link below for your convenience.

VEX Cortex Video Trainer using ROBOTC: http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/products/cortex_video_trainer/index.html

On a side note, have you checked out the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy site designed specifically for VEX Robotics instructors, www.vexteacher.com ? This page has links to almost everything we offer that is VEX related, including our free online curriculum, our training programs, explanations of the ROBOTC/Natural Language/Graphical Natural Language programming options, etc. We also have a ‘Getting Started’ section that walks through selecting the appropriate hardware/software combination for your class:

VEX Teacher - Getting Started (Cortex): Getting Started - Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy - Carnegie Mellon University

There is a lot more that we offer (including the Computer Science Student Network (http://cs2n.org/), teacher and student certification courses, and more) that I haven’t covered here. If you or anyone else in this thread has any questions about anything ROBOTC/Robot Virtual Worlds, our curriculum, training, etc, please let me know and I’ll be more than happy to help!