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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)
–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
Who is this book for?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.
|Publisher:||No Starch Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||10 Years|
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. He lives in the Netherlands where he teaches robotics.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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).
I love the robots that eat and poop
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!