by Fay Rhodes
February 2008, 336 pp.
Whether you're just beginning with your LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT set or are already an expert, you'll have hours of fun with these animal-like models that walk, crawl, hop, and roll!
The first part of the book introduces you to the NXT kit and reviews the parts you'll need in order to begin building. Next, you'll learn how to program with the NXT-G programming language, including how to make miniprograms called My Blocks that you can use to build larger programs. Finally, you'll learn how to build each robot and program it to act like its real animal cousins.
Learn to build and program the following robots:
Troubleshooting tips help you avoid problems like misarranged gears and incorrect programming, while a list of Internet resources is included to help guide you in further exploration with the NXT. Teachers and home educators will appreciate an appendix with helpful suggestions for using the models in the classroom.
The models in this book have been tested repeatedly &mdash and built successfully &mdash by novice builders, so all you have to do is follow the directions and watch them go. Now, let the building begin!
About the Author
Fay Rhodes is co-author of The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book (No Starch), a 2008 member of LEGO's MINDSTORMS Community Partners (MCP), and the only female contributor to the NXT Step Blog.
Table of Contents
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"Even if you never build a single one of these models, you'll get a lot out of the book."
"I would recommend The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT ZOO! for any NXT builder. The robots are simple to build, the instructions are easy to follow, the programs are quick to write and they work."
"A straight forward, easy to understand, introduction to the MINDSTORMS NXT kits for young minds."
Read an interview with Fay Rhodes about her book on NicheMediaBlog(top)