Build and Program Your Own LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Robots
Absolutely no experience needed! Build and program amazing robots with the new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3!
With LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, you can do modern robotics without complex wiring or soldering! This step-by-step, full-color tutorial teaches all you need to know, including basic programming skills most introductory guides skip. Even better—it’s packed with hands-on projects!
Start by “unboxing” your new EV3 kit and getting to know every component: motors, sensors, connections, remotes, and the EV3’s more powerful, easier-to-program “brick.”
Then walk through building your first “bots”…creating more sophisticated robots with wheels and motors…engineering for strength and balance…“driving” your robot…building robots that recognize colors and do card tricks…and more!
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics is the perfect pathway into science and technology… and this book is the easiest way to get started, even if you have absolutely no robotics or programming experience!
Explore your new EV3 kit: both the retail “Home” and LEGO “Education” versions
Get foolproof help with building the Track3r and other standard robots
Build cars and tanks, and hack them to do even more
Write programs that enable your robots to make their own decisions
Improve your programs with feedback
Handle more sophisticated engineering and programming tasks
Troubleshoot problems that keep your robot from moving
Get involved with the worldwide MINDSTORMS® robotics community
Marziah Karch is Senior Instructional Designer at NWEA, a Google Expert at About.com, and Senior Web Editor at GeekMom. She has more than a decade of experience in instructional technology and was senior educational technologist for Johnson County Community College, where she also taught interactive media development. She holds a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology, and is pursuing a doctorate in Library and Information Science. Her hands-on technology experience ranges from 3D animation to multimedia learning, content management to music video creation. She has extensively explored the educational potential of LEGO robotics. She is the author of Android Tablets Made Simple.
This book is not authorized or endorsed by the LEGO® Group.
Table of Contents
- About This eBook
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- Contents at a Glance
- Table of Contents
- About the Author
- We Want to Hear from You!
- Reader Services
- What’s in This Book
- How to Use This Book
1. What’s In the Box?
- Unboxing MINDSTORMS EV3
- The LEGO Family Tree
- Core LEGO Units
- Parts with Flair
- The Brains and Brawn
- 2. What’s In the LEGO Education Box?
- 3. Comparing the EV3 and NXT
4. Building Your First Bots
- Downloading Instructions
- The EV3 Starter Robots
- 5. Building the LEGO Education Bots
- 6. Hacking What You Have
7. Make Your First EV3 Program
- About the LEGO Education Software
- Getting Started
- Getting to Know the Programming Canvas
Writing Your First Program
- Dragging Blocks Onto the Programming Canvas
- Changing Modes
- Checking Your Ports
- Making the Bot Move
- Connecting Your EV3 to Your Computer
- Making Decisions and Using Loops
- Saving Your Changes
- Alternative Programs
8. More MINDSTORMS Programming: The Line-Following Robot
- What Is a Program?
- Project: The Line-Following Robot
- Getting Started
- Creating the Program
- Creating Custom Blocks
- Documenting Your Work
9. Engineering the Floor-Cleaning Robot
- Programming a Collision-Avoiding Robot
- Controlling Your Bot with the Infrared Remote
- Adding the Floor-Cleaning Functions
- 10. The Color Magic Card Trick
11. Daisy-Chaining Projects
- The Daisy-Chain Test
- Building a Daisy-Chained Robot Car
- Messaging Between Robots
- Adding “Magic” to the Card Trick
12. Extending Play
- Installing leJOS
- Community-Created Models
- Scoring Extra LEGO Parts
- Robotics Competitions
- Decorating Your EV3
- A. Glossary
- Title: Build and Program Your Own LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robots
- Release date: December 2014
- Publisher(s): Que
- ISBN: 9780133518238