LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: The Mayan Adventure

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Apress, Mar 1, 2007 - Computers - 336 pages

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT has hit the world by storm, giving you the ability to build your own robots and program them to perform all types of actions. What kind of robots? How about five exploratory robots, used to explore the newly discovered tomb of an ancient Mayan king?

You are along for the ride with Evan and his archaeologist uncle as they explore a Mayan pyramid complete with traps and treasures. Using a variety of NXT robots, the archaeology team is able to move deeper into the tomb towards the secrets of King Ixtua. But beware of the traps! The pyramid's design has successfully deterred unwanted visitors through the centuries, and your team will need to be careful and alert.

You will learn and use a design methodology that will teach you about the new motors and sensors that your robot can use. Complete building and programming instructions are provided for each robot, allowing you to follow along and learn as you build.

Can you help Evan and the team of explorers navigate through the old pyramid and discover King Ixtua's tomb? Read the stories, examine the environments, and build and program the robots that will allow the team to move closer to the secrets of The Mayan Adventure.

This book shows how to design a NXT robot to solve real-world problems. It includes worksheets that encourage constructive brainstorming techniques. You’ll gain access to four new and unique robot designs. This book is suitable for both adults and kids exploring NXT.
 

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This book is a fantastic tool to learn more about and program your NXT robot. I think the best way to use this book is to first work through the building and programming instructions that come with your NXT software, then start working through this book in order. I love it because you can do it at your own pace, plus you can put it down and come back to it later. The story gives it a fun twist instead of just having instructions, and I like that because you can imagine yourself as the character in the story.
This is also a great tool for FIRST FLL teams, because it helps explore deeper into what your robot can do than just the tutorials that come with the software do. My FLL team worked through this book as a Summer project, and it ended up being a great influence on us through the competition season--we ended up asking ourselves questions like, "How did we work this problem out in The Mayan Adventure?" "Is there a way that we could make this simpler like we did during the GrabberBot challenge?"
The design journal pages were my favorite part of it--I loved filling out the pages and then being able to use them later on while I was building and programming. This worked a lot better than just winging it.
All in all, this is a wonderful book. Mr. Kelly did really great things with it, and it's definitely worth every penny.
 

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Contents

Tomb Trap and Trigger
1
ExploroBotPlanning and Design
7
ExploroBotBuild It
17
ExploroBotProgram It
41
String Pebbles and Gravity
57
StringBotPlanning and Design
63
StringBotBuild It
73
StringBotProgram It
91
GrabberBotBuild It
179
GrabberBotProgram It
203
Bravery Wisdom and Honor
217
PushBotPlanning and Design
223
PushBotBuild It
231
PushBotProgram It
255
Discovery Secret and Home
281
Online Reference and Support
285

Scroll Key and Camera
107
SnapShotBotPlanning and Design
115
SnapShotBotBuild It
127
SnapShotBotProgram It
149
Get In Grab It Get Out
165
GrabberBotPlanning and Design
171
Building Instructions for Bots
287
NXTLOG
291
HiTechnic NXT Compass Sensor
295
Index
305
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About the author (2007)

James Floyd Kelly is a professional writer from Atlanta, Georgia. He has written numerous books on multiple subjects, including LEGO robotics, open source software, and building your own CNC machine as well as a 3D printer. He is the editor-in-chief of the number one MINDSTORMS NXT blog, The NXT Step (TheNXTStep.com), where he is joined by fellow NXT experts who share their knowledge and designs with other robot fans around the world.

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