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The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book: A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robots

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book - quite a discovery!

    The building and programming instructions that come with the original LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 set are nice, but contain only 4 models and basic programming instructions for those. After finishing those models I wanted more and this book is just the thing.

    It contains very clear printed instructions for the models it explains (I personally prefer that to having to sit in front of my PC while building) it provides explanations of how the programming blocks work in a much easier to understand format than the NXT-G help files (it feels like someone takes you by the hand to personally show you around instead of having to dig your way through the documentation) and goes way beyond what you learn in the instructions that come with the NXT set by explaining how to use wires to pass data between blocks.

    Rather than just telling you how to put the programming blocks together the book teaches you how the program works using easy to understand diagrams.

    Last but not least, the book contains a considerable number of interesting robots that are fun to build and additional challenges to expand on them. To make this even easier, there is a companion website where you can ask questions and propose solutions.

    I really like the first and last pages on the book (inside cover and inside back cover) which provide you with a reference chart to easily identify parts of different lengths and a complete inventory of the NXT 2.0 set.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

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    Are you ready for a journey of discovery?

    This book is the culmination of more than a year's work and it shows. It's broken up into 4 parts and will guide you through a journey of discovery. On your route to becoming a robotics master you will build no less than 8 different robots and learn about every aspect of NXT-G programming with the help of 50 sample programs. If that's not enough, you can test just how good you've become with any one of the 85 building and programming challenges.

    The building and programming instructions are really nice, clear and clean; it's not hard to tell the author has done this before. Learning to program and build with your new NXT 2.0 kit will be so much more fun with this book by your side. It will knock your socks off (don't worry, there's a robot in the book that can help you pick them up again).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Love it

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    A great companion to the Lego NXT 2.0 Mindstoms Kit !!!

    Laurens Vallks' Discovery Book is perhaps the most educative NXT book with the young Lego-builder in mind. His book proves that anyone learns better while having fun, which is especially the case of most teenagers. I wished we had this book when we started building NXT robots with my son a few years ago. The book has two sections, the first being an introduction on the Lego NXT 2.0 set (52 pages with fun building and programming "challenges") and the second section goes into the more complex techniques used to build and program the robots that the book includes. Throughout the book there is a smooth and continuous learning curve, in which the degree of difficulty slowly ramps up and shows that a lot of thinking went into the order and and how to introduce each topic. The writer obviously shows his robot building skills but his main achievement in this book is how he puts together a teaching method for NXT Mindstorms, to engage the reader, tickle his or her curiosity and help him or her to advance NXT skills. Just imagine this scenario which might be all too common: a teenager gets a LEGO Mindstorms NXT Set and quickly enough builds all the standard and bonus models that come included with the set. So, he or she feels the excitement of what has been accomplished. So what comes next? Yes, there some great web sites with NXT models to download and build. But in my experience there has been a lack of a learning method for the endless possibilities that NXT allows. This book fills exactly into this gap. In fact, I have volunteered to teach robotics to 12 to 15 year-olds at my son's school, and I plan to use this book as a guideline for the syllabus (I will seek the author's permission when and if the school gives me the go-ahead!). This is the outstanding value of the book. I assume that Lego benefits when a new owner of a NXT Mindstorms kit gets so engaged in using the set, that he or she keeps building or programming new robots or maybe modifying existing ones, sharing the designs with others and even collaborate in group challenges. If so, my advice to Lego would be: bundle this book with the set. The value of both together is a lot more than the sum of the parts!

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    Posted January 26, 2011

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