James Floyd Kelly
James Floyd Kelly was accepted into the LEGO MINDSTORMS Developer Program (MDP) in early 2006 and helped to beta test the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit and software. He is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, a group that continues to assist LEGO with testing and growing the NXT product.
"I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who would like to try their hand at assembling an Arduino-compatible microcontroller, and apply it to an enjoyable example project."
"[I]f you are looking for some fresh ideas, [LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders has] 10 wonderful projects for teachers and FLL coaches to explore and to adapt to emphasize particular technology, science and
"The ten robots are a good starting point for creating robotics and inventions using the NXT kit and add a lot to the growing ideas behind the NXT robotics kits. The One-Kit Wonders book is a great addition to the NXT kit and well worth the cost of the book and then some with a great new set of robots to build."
"I was very pleased with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders. It provides hours and hours of entertainment and was fairly easy to use."
"Unlike many books of this type, the authors intend to teach. The chapter on the drag racer talks about gear ratios and torque, the M&M sorter demonstrates programming around missing features and so on. Each project ends with a 'further exploration' section that suggests modifications or enhancements that could be made."
"All levels of Lego users from novices to experienced gamers will find this an excellent survey of the history, objectives and structure of the FLL competition, surveying the basics of organizing a team, building winning robots, and more."
"With clear pictures and diagrams, this is useful both for adult and children involved in this clever method for bringing engineering problems into the classroom."
"...a most necessary gift for anyone who receives the Lego NXT package."
"Overall, the book is helpful and I will continue to use it in preparation for the competition."
"As a LEGO® NXT robotics instructor, I highly recommend this book to FIRST LEGO® teams; and for those thinking about getting involved in the FLL."
"When I saw FIRST LEGO League: The Unofficial Guide I was quickly drawn in. Though it's a bit on the technical side, both parents and older kids will learn a lot and walk away inspired to build the best LEGO contraption ever."
"I would most certainly recommended both this competition and book to teachers, homeschoolers, and parents who want to start a team and encourage innovation and camaraderie in their kids. You really won't be disappointed!"
"Basically this book tells you everything you need to know to enter the FIRST LEGO League competition - how to create a team, how to fundraise, how the competition works, what the judging is based on, how the kits work, what kid would be better for what circumstances. It gives excellent insight into every aspect of the competition."
"A very useful and comprehensive resource about FIRST LEGO League."
"This book is great for kids young and old!"
"Every step is almost exhaustively documented I say almost because the writing style is far from exhausting. The book's voice is a very relaxed one, much like that of a tour guide who really enjoys talking about his tour route."
"...this guide has very helpful information on how to start, lead, and have a successful F.I.R.S.T LEGO League (FLL) robotics program. "
"The Lego league guide treats young readers with respect, with chapters that will help them develop their organizational and leadership skills."
"If your kids are robot builders, and if you are interested in starting a Lego League of your own, this book would be a great tool."
"If you're a LEGO building fanatic, you're going to want a copy of this book."
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