The VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) Virtual Skills Window is a virtual representation of the VRC Field. The Virtual Skills Window is a space for this year's Hero Bot to interact and move.

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How to Open and Close the VRC Virtual Skills Window

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Select the “Virtual Skills” button in the Toolbar to open the VRC Virtual Skills Window.

The window will open in the workspace.

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You will be prompted to enter your team's number and Virtual Skills Key.

For help finding your team's Virtual Skills Key, see this VEX Library article.

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You will then be prompted to select a starting configuration for the robot.

See more information about selecting a starting configuration in this article.

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To reopen or change the starting configuration, select the location icon.

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Selecting “Close” in the top-right corner will close the window.


How to Start, Stop and Reset a project in the VRC Virtual Skills Window

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Select the “Start” button to start a project.

This button will change to a “Stop” button when a project is actively running.

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Selecting the “Stop” button will stop the project and the timer immediately.

The Score Window will appear at this time. See below for more information on the Score Window.

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Select the “Reset” button to reset the timer, point value, and Field.


How to View Your Score and the Timer in the VRC Virtual Skills Window

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Your score can be seen above the Field on the left side. This will be updated in real-time after the project is started.

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The timer is located above the Field on the right side.

The timer begins when a project is started and counts down from 1:00. The timer will count down until “Stop” is selected, the [Stop project] Block is used in the project, or the timer reaches 0 seconds.


How to Use Match Loads in the VRC Virtual Skills Window

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Match Loads are available to place on the Field during a match. See this article about Using Match Loads in VRC Virtual Skills for more information.


How to Retry and Close the Score Window

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The Score Window appears when the timer reaches 0, or if the project is stopped.

The Score Window shows your team's name, number, total score, and Skills Stop Time.

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"Submit Score" will send your team's score to Robot Events.

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Select the “Retry” button to return to the Field and reset the timer and score.

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Select the “X” in the top-left corner to close the Score Window and return to the Field.

This will not reset the Field, timer, or score. It will return to the Field exactly as it was at the moment the project was stopped.


How to Expand and Shrink the VRC Virtual Skills Window

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The window begins at a smaller size by default. If you want to expand the window, select the “Expand” button at the top left corner.

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Select “Shrink” in the top-left corner to return the window to the default size.


How to Hide and Show the VRC Virtual Skills Window

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Select the “Hide” button to collapse the VRC Virtual Skills Window. This will still keep the red toolbar at the top of the window visible.

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To view the full window again, select the “Show” button.


How to Select Different Camera Views in the VRC Virtual Skills Window

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Select the “Top Camera” button to see an overhead view of the entire Field. This is the default view when you open the VRC Virtual Skills Window.

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Select the “Chase Camera” button to see a behind-the-robot view.

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Select the “Orbit Camera” button to see an overview of Moby and the full Field.


How to Log Out in the VRC Virtual Skills Window

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Select the gear icon to open the Settings window.

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In this window, your team's number will appear. Select "Log out" to log out of your team's VRC Virtual Skills and return to the log in window.

Note: Data about your device will be displayed in the Settings window. This can be used to help troubleshoot any performance issues 

For more information, help, and tips, check out the many resources at VEX Professional Development Plus