by Laurens Valk
June 2014, 396 pp.
"Hyper-detailed instructions—with full color, easy-to-read and
LEGO MINDSTORMS has changed the way we think about robotics by making it possible for anyone to build real, working robots. The latest MINDSTORMS set, EV3, is more powerful than ever, and The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book is the complete, beginner-friendly guide you need to get started.
Begin with the basics as you build and program a simple robot to experiment with motors, sensors, and EV3 programming. Then you’ll move on to a series of increasingly sophisticated robots that will show you how to work with advanced programming techniques like data wires, variables, and custom-made programming blocks. You’ll also learn essential building techniques like how to use beams, gears, and connector blocks effectively in your own designs.
Master the possibilities of the EV3 set as you build and program:
More than 150 building and programming challenges throughout encourage you to think creatively and apply what you’ve learned to invent your own robots. With The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book as your guide, you’ll be building your own out-of-this-world creations in no time!
Requirements: One LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set (LEGO SET #31313)
Check out the trailer on YouTube!
Watch a video of the SNATCH3R, one of the most advanced robots in the book!
About the Author
Laurens Valk is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, a select group of MINDSTORMS enthusiasts who help test and develop new MINDSTORMS products. One of his robot designs is featured on the EV3 packaging as a bonus project. His previous work, the best-selling LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book, introduced tens of thousands of beginners worldwide to the powerful world of LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics. He blogs about robots at robotsquare.com.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started
Part II: Programming Robots with Sensors
Part III: Robot-Building Techniques
Part IV: Vehicle and Animal Robots
Part V: Creating Advanced Programs
Part VI: Machine and Humanoid Robots
Appendix A Troubleshooting Programs, the EV3 Brick, and Wireless Connections
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"Directions are mostly in the form of vivid and distinct images and diagrams. . . will definitely appeal to readers who like to learn by handling and tinkering with parts."
"Whether you’re new to the EV3, a FLL coach, on a FLL team, or maybe your robot has been sitting for a while and you’re looking to breath new life into it, The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Discovery Book is for you!"
"If you’re looking for a book that will teach you all you need to know about EV3 programming and spark your curiosity to use this new knowledge to create your own, then look no further than this one."
"A delight to read."