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Winning Design!: LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Design Patterns for Fun and Competition by James J. Trobaugh

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Chapter 1. Design Considerations

Where do you start when building a LEGO robot? I know the first thing everyone wants to do is get out the LEGO parts and start snapping them together. That's one of the great things about building with LEGO elements; it's a very free-form experience. You can sit down with a pile of bricks and just start snapping parts together.

While that is the traditional way that we've all learned to play with LEGO parts, the process is not the same when building a LEGO robot, or at least, not if you're looking to build a winning LEGO robot. A complete design process is needed before the first LEGO element is snapped together. This is one of the hardest concepts for coaches to get across to their teams.

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