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Lego Mindstorms Nxt 2.0 Discovery Book: A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robotsby Laurens Valk
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This is a perfect introduction for those new to building and programming with the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 set. The book also includes intriguing robot designs and useful programming tips for more seasoned MINDSTORMS builders.
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Valk (member of MINDSTORMS Community Partners, co-author of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders) presents this thorough guide to the LEGO(R) MINDSTORMS(R) NXT 2.0 robotics kit. The NXT 2.0 kit is a robotics set with which hobbyists can build and program a wide range of robots. The kit, however, does not include a guide. This book's purpose is to fill that void by providing readers with a beginners' approach to the kit and robot programming in general. Included in the guide are detailed instructions for building and programming eight robots of varied difficulty levels with a plethora of photos, screenshots, and illustrations. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Packed with building and programming instructions for eight innovative robots, this book follows two astronauts through rigorous ground training. As the book progresses, the astronauts--and readers--learn how to build and program increasingly sophisticated robots.
A four-color guide to building and programming eight innovative LEGO MINDSTORMS robots, presented as a space-themed adventure story. From the creative mind of author, robotics instructor, and frequent NXT Step Blog contributor Laurens Valk, The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Adventure Book is packed with building and programming instructions for eight innovative robots. The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Adventure Book uses a space theme to capture readers' attention and keep them engaged while they learn to build and program increasingly sophisticated robots. The book's astronaut protagonists begin with rigorous ground training that leads them, and readers, through the basics of programming NXT robots. As the story progresses and the astronauts depart for their mission, readers learn essential programming skills, including how to make robots move and how to use sensors. With solid programming instruction and crystal clear, full color building instructions, readers will create robots like Strider, the six-legged walking creature, CCC, a vertically moving vehicle, and BS-61, a machine that sorts by color and size. The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Adventure Book gives readers the knowledge to not only build these models, but to develop their own out-of-this-world creations.
About the Author
Laurens Valk is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners who help test and develop new NXT products. He has been inventing robots with the MINDSTORMS NXT sets since their introduction, and one of his robot designs appears on the NXT 2.0 packaging. Valk is a co-author of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders (No Starch Press) and a contributor to The NXT Step Blog (thenxtstep.blogspot.com). He lives in the Netherlands where he teaches robotics.
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