LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: The Mayan Adventure [NOOK Book]


LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT has hit the world by storm, giving you the ability to build your own robots and program them to perform all types of actions. What kind of robots? How about five exploratory robots, used to explore the newly discovered tomb of an ancient Mayan king?

You are along for the ride with Evan and his archaeologist uncle as they explore a Mayan pyramid complete with traps and treasures. Using a ...

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LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: The Mayan Adventure

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LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT has hit the world by storm, giving you the ability to build your own robots and program them to perform all types of actions. What kind of robots? How about five exploratory robots, used to explore the newly discovered tomb of an ancient Mayan king?

You are along for the ride with Evan and his archaeologist uncle as they explore a Mayan pyramid complete with traps and treasures. Using a variety of NXT robots, the archaeology team is able to move deeper into the tomb towards the secrets of King Ixtua. But beware of the traps! The pyramid's design has successfully deterred unwanted visitors through the centuries, and your team will need to be careful and alert.

You will learn and use a design methodology that will teach you about the new motors and sensors that your robot can use. Complete building and programming instructions are provided for each robot, allowing you to follow along and learn as you build.

Can you help Evan and the team of explorers navigate through the old pyramid and discover King Ixtua's tomb? Read the stories, examine the environments, and build and program the robots that will allow the team to move closer to the secrets of The Mayan Adventure.

  • This book shows how to design a NXT robot to solve real-world problems.

  • It includes worksheets that encourage constructive brainstorming techniques.

  • YouÂ’ll gain access to four new and unique robot designs.

  • This book is suitable for both adults and kids exploring NXT.

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This ingenious book uses an extended fictional story about an archaeological expedition to invite readers into an exciting LEGO robot design project. At each juncture in the narrative, Max, the main character, is confronted with a real-world problem that he solves by creating a unique NXT robot. By the book's conclusion, tech-savvy readers ten and up will be able to design and build four robots. LEGO Mindstorms contains worksheets to facilitate brainstorming. Tools for the mind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781430203629
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 12/11/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,156,607
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

James Floyd Kelly is a professional writer from Atlanta, Georgia. He has written numerous books on multiple subjects, including LEGO robotics, open source software, and building your own CNC machine as well as a 3D printer. He is the editor-in-chief of the number one MINDSTORMS NXT blog, The NXT Step (, where he is joined by fellow NXT experts who share their knowledge and designs with other robot fans around the world.
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Table of Contents

About the Author     xiii
About the Technical Reviewers     xv
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction     xix
Tomb, Trap, and Trigger     1
Day 2: King Ixtua Tomb Excavation, 4:42 PM     1
Tunnel Challenge     3
Evan's Solution     4
ExploroBot-Planning and Design     7
The ExploroBot     7
The Robot Description     9
The Task List     10
Limitations and Constraints     10
Mindstorm     13
Sketches     15
ExploroBot-Build It     17
Never Be Afraid to Experiment     17
Step by Step     18
First Section: Ultrasonic Sensor and Neck     18
Second Section: Bot Body and Motors     21
Third Section: Rear-Wheel Assembly and Frame     24
Fourth Section: Put It All Together     30
ExploroBot-Program It     41
Some Experience Required     41
Into the Tunnel     45
Out of the Tunnel     52
What the Degree, Kenneth? (With Apologies to REM)     54
Opening the Tomb Door     55
String, Pebbles, and Gravity     57
Day 3: Inside King Ixtua's Tomb, 8:13 AM     57
More Monkey Business     58
Vine Challenge     59
Evan's Solution     60
StringBot-Planning and Design     63
Design and Planning     63
The StringBot     63
The Robot Description     64
The Task List     65
Limitations and Constraints     66
Mindstorm     68
Sketches     70
StringBot-Build It     73
Where to Start?     73
Step by Step     75
First Section: Brick, Framework, and Motors     75
Second Section: Wheels-on-String System and String Guides     81
Third Section: Carrier Arm and Motor Assembly     85
StringBot-Program It     91
Get Familiar with the Blocks     91
Getting to the Vase     94
Above the Vase     99
Back for More     101
Filling the Vase     104
Scroll, Key, and Camera     107
Day 3: Tomb Reception Area, 6:08 PM     107
The King's Library     108
Key Retrieval Challenge     110
Grace's Solution     111
SnapShotBot-Planning and Design     115
SnapShotBot Planning and Design     115
The Robot Description     116
The Task List     117
Task 1     118
Task 2     119
Task 3     119
Task 4     120
Task 5     120
Task 6     121
Task 7     121
Task 8     122
Task 9     122
Task 10     122
What About the Twine?     122
Limitations and Constraints     122
Mindstorm     123
Sketches     125
SnapShotBot-Build It     127
Jump In     128
Step by Step     128
First Section: Basic Body     129
Second Section: Ball-Wheel Assembly and Light Sensor     133
Third Section: Camera Cage and Motor     136
SnapShotBot-Program It     149
One Block at a Time     149
Finding the Basket     154
Getting Around the Basket     155
Getting the Bot Home     159
Get In, Grab It, Get Out     165
Day 4: Outside King Ixtua's Library, 8:43 AM     165
The Throne Room     165
Locate the Burial Chamber     166
Scroll Challenge     168
Max's Solution     170
GrabberBot-Planning and Design     171
GrabberBot Planning and Design     171
The Robot Description     171
The Task List     173
Limitations and Constraints     174
Mindstorm     174
Sketches     177
GrabberBot-Build It     179
First Section: Main Body     180
Second Section: Lifting Arm Mechanism     190
Third Section: Sensors and Various Beams     192
GrabberBot-Program It     203
Down the Tunnel...Again     203
Approaching the Scroll     208
Acquiring the Scroll     212
Bravery, Wisdom, and Honor     217
Day 5: Inside King Ixtua's Throne Room, 10:12 AM     217
The Burial Chamber     218
Famous Figures     219
The Final Challenge     220
Evan's Solution     221
PushBot-Planning and Design     223
PushBot Planning and Design     223
The Robot Description     223
The Task List     225
Limitations and Constraints      226
Mindstorm     227
Sketches     228
PushBot-Build It     231
Step by Step     232
First Section: Motor/Cage-Arm Mechanism     232
Second Section: Wheels and Neck/Ultrasonic Sensor Assembly     243
Third Section: Main Body     248
PushBot-Program It     255
Getting the PushBot into Position     255
Positioning Three Figurines     262
The Final Figurine     272
Discovery, Secret, and Home     281
Day 7: Base Camp, King Ixtua's Tomb, 11:05 AM     281
Online Reference and Support     285
Web Sites     285
Blogs     286
Forums and Message Boards     286
Building Instructions for Bots     287
Background     287
Step by Step     288
NXTLOG     291
User Account     291
Tools     292
HiTechnic NXT Compass Sensor     295
North, West, East, and South     295
Using the Compass Sensor     296
Index     305
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2008

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    If you like the nxt,that I do you will love the book

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    Posted November 22, 2012


    This is ok,i like angry birds better though.

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    Posted July 26, 2012

    Man that was a wast


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