The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book: A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robots

The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book: A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robots

by Laurens Valk
     
 

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LEGO MINDSTORMS has changed the way we think about robotics by making it possible for anyone to build real, working robots. The latest MINDSTORMS set, EV3, is more powerful than ever, and The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book is the complete, beginner-friendly guide you need to get started.

Begin with the basics as you build and program a simple robot

Overview

LEGO MINDSTORMS has changed the way we think about robotics by making it possible for anyone to build real, working robots. The latest MINDSTORMS set, EV3, is more powerful than ever, and The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book is the complete, beginner-friendly guide you need to get started.

Begin with the basics as you build and program a simple robot to experiment with motors, sensors, and EV3 programming. Then you'll move on to a series of increasingly sophisticated robots that will show you how to work with advanced programming techniques like data wires, variables, and custom-made programming blocks. You'll also learn essential building techniques like how to use beams, gears, and connector blocks effectively in your own designs.

Master the possibilities of the EV3 set as you build and program:

  • The EXPLOR3R, a wheeled vehicle that uses sensors to navigate around a room and follow lines
  • The FORMULA EV3 RACE CAR, a streamlined remote-controlled race car
  • ANTY, a six-legged walking creature that adapts its behavior to its surroundings
  • SK3TCHBOT, a robot that lets you play games on the EV3 screen
  • The SNATCH3R, a robotic arm that can autonomously find, grab, lift, and move the infrared beacon
  • LAVA R3X, a humanoid robot that walks and talks

More than 150 building and programming challenges throughout encourage you to think creatively and apply what you've learned to invent your own robots. With The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book as your guide, you'll be building your own out-of-this-world creations in no time!

Requirements: One LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set (LEGO SET #31313)

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, April 2015 (Vol. 38, No. 1) - KaaVonia Hinton
This detailed guide provides readers with in-depth instructions on how to build and program five different robots (e.g., animals, vehicles, and humanoids) using Mindstorm EV3, a small computer that allows robot movement. The book is broken up into sections with content that goes from guiding readers through exploring the contents of an EV3 robotics set before assembling one to learning how to construct a race car, use Lego elements strategically, and program a robot to talk and do math. The overall layout is bright and inviting. Using a project-based model, the chapters are organized to encourage beginning with simple challenges before moving on to more complex tasks like advanced programming. The endpapers contain helpful and colorful charts for reference concerning the different parts and how to select the correct element. Directions are mostly in the form of vivid and distinct images and diagrams, which might be confusing to those who possess verbal intelligence rather than an abundance of visual literacy skills, but it will definitely appeal to readers who like to learn by handling and tinkering with parts. This book can save builders time because it provides knowledge, hints, solutions, and tips that help them avoid unproductive paths to robot creation. Reviewer: KaaVonia Hinton; Ages 11 to 18.
School Library Journal
02/01/2015
Gr 6 Up—A tome for fans of robotics and LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Kits. Hyper-detailed instructions—with full color, easy-to-read and understand illustrations—help budding enthusiasts navigate EV3 Kits with clear language and step-by-step directions. Readers learn the basics of assembling a simple robot before being introduced to various programming tricks to be used on the EV3 Brick, the colloquial term for the Mindstorms mini-computer. Be forewarned that in order to take full advantage of the programming functionality of the kit, including the ablity to create and edit programs, users must have a computer to connected to their EV3 Brick (though basic programming on the EV3 Brick can be done without one). Each chapter contains several short challenges, dubbed "discoveries," which are cleverly accompanied by a legend: whimsical gear wheels represent the estimated amount of building time; tiny Microsoft Windows-esque blocks show the expected level of programming expertise; and a small clock estimates the length of time it should take to solve the challenge. Later chapters describe building intricate robots with fun objectives: a racing robot, ANTY (a robotic ant), and the SNATCH3R (complete with a robotic arm that grabs). Readers who are intimidated by the discoveries can skip these and instead focus on the building projects and the programming tricks that do not involve the use of a computer. The size, advanced vocabulary, and organization of the book evokes a science or physics textbook, which is warranted due to the amount of complex and detailed programming information contained within. However, colorful images keep it from feeling too academic. VERDICT This book will find a home in libraries with makerspaces and/or those that offer robotics or science clubs, LEGO teams, or other STEM-oriented groups.—Amy M. Laughlin, Darien Library, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781593275327
Publisher:
No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
Publication date:
05/26/2014
Pages:
396
Sales rank:
103,036
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Laurens Valk is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, a select group of experts who help test and develop new MINDSTORMS products, and his model is featured as one of the bonus robots on the EV3 packaging. Valk is the author of the bestselling LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book (No Starch Press) and he blogs about robots at robotsquare.com.

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