Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 for Teens / Edition 1

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Overview


Learn how to create amazing robotic creations with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 FOR TEENS. This step-by-step guide shows beginners how to use the Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 kit and their computer to build fantastic robots, animals, vehicles, and so much more. Everything you need is included in the Lego Mindstorms kit, including a microcomputer, electronic motors and sensors, as well as various Lego Bricks and Lego Technic pieces like beams, axles, and gears. The kit also includes a software programming language called NXT-G, which is used to write the programs that are downloaded into your robotic creations in order to bring them to life. NXT-G is an icon based, drag-and-drop language, which means that there is no complex programming language that must be mastered. Throughout the book, you'll follow hands-on instruction through the three-step process needed to build your creations. First you use Lego Bricks to create your robot. Then you use NXT-G to write the program code that makes your creations work. Then you download the program code into the NXT Brick, a small microcomputer that is the brain of your creations, and then step back and watch them come alive. With this book you'll learn how to build all sorts of robotic creations and how to program the code that will make them come to life. The only limit is your imagination.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435454804
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/26/2011
  • Series: For Teens Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 977,063
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with over 18 years of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. He is the author of 23 other books and co-author of two additional books. His published works include AppleScript Studio Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Microsoft Windows PowerShell Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Visual Basic 2005 Express Programming for the Absolute Beginner, VBScript Professional Projects, Microsoft Windows Shell Scripting and WSH Administrator's Guide, Microsoft Windows Shell Scripting for the Absolute Beginner, Learn JavaScript in a Weekend, and Microsoft Windows XP Professional Administrator's Guide. Ford has a master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and has over five years of experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in information technology.
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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Overview. 2. Getting Started. 3. Working with Electronic Components. 4. Adding Blocks and Gears. 5. Getting to Know the NXT-G Development Environment. 6. Basic NXT- Programming Concepts. 7. Working with the Common Programming Blocks. 8. Advanced Programming Techniques. 9. Go Bot. 10. Tracker Bot. 11. Detector Bot. 12. Alarm Bot. Appendix A: What's on the Companion Web Site? Appendix B: What's Next? Glossary. Index.

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