I am a teacher of 7th and 8th grade students. Over the past few years we have used the Vex EDR system with RobotC. I was originally thrilled when I found out we have just purchased a lot of V5 equipment for next year. The problems started when I went to get acquainted with VCS.
After about 3 hours of playing around with VCS I see that there are multiple problems that will drive my students (as well as myself) crazy. I saw on this forum that VEXcode was a new environment that is being touted as a solution.
I downloaded VEXcode and opened a sample project. Everything looked great until I went to download the code. I can save the code but the download icon is not available. Everything is connected and just can’t download to the robot. To get the code onto the robot I copied it from the VEXcode editor and pasted it into the VCS editor for download.
I guess to try and summarize organize my questions:
- Is VCS really being supported ?
- Will modkit ever have all commands for each object included. Specific example is that in modkit I could not get a brain.screen.printAt I could only get a brain.screen.print command.
- Modkit will work better for many of my students and allow them a greater chance to understand their code without being burdened with all of the syntax issues of C++ any ideas for a functioning graphical environment for them to use?
- Is there a simple reason why I could compile in VEXcode but could not get the program to download? The brain was on, connected, and ready but I could never get the download icon to enable. The code worked (and downloaded) fine when I coped it into VCS but that is not a workable solution in a middle school classroom environment.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!