Synopses & Reviews
Discover the many features of the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 set. The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book is the complete, illustrated, beginner's guide to MINDSTORMS that you've been looking for.
The crystal clear instructions in the Discovery Book will show you how to harness the capabilities of the NXT 2.0 set to build and program your own robots. Author and robotics instructor Laurens Valk walks you through the set, showing you how to use its various pieces, and how to use the NXT software to program robots. Interactive tutorials make it easy for you to reach an advanced level of programming as you learn to build robots that move, monitor sensors, and use advanced programming techniques like data wires and variables. You'll build eight increasingly sophisticated robots like the Strider (a six-legged walking creature), the CCC (a climbing vehicle), the Hybrid Brick Sorter (a robot that sorts by color and size), and the Snatcher (an autonomous robotic arm). Numerous building and programming challenges throughout encourage you to think creatively and to apply what you've learned as you develop the skills essential to creating your own robots.
Requirements: One LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 set (#8547)
Who is this book for?
- A complete introduction to LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0
- Building and programming instructions for eight innovative robots
- 50 sample programs and 72 programming challenges (ranging from easy to hard) encourage you to explore newly learned programming techniques
- 15 building challenges expand on the robot designs and help you develop ideas for new robots
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.
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.