Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3

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Learn
  • Design a robot for optimum navigation and place sensors for optimal calibration
  • Account for weight and balance issues in your design
  • Write programs in a visual programming language and tweak your code visually using MyBlock subroutines
  • Calibrate the sensors using buttons on the robot
  • Utilize loops, case structures, calculations, variables, and arrays
About

LEGO MINDSTORMS is more than just a toy. With a multitude of gears, pins, and beams, you can build fantastic, complex designs. The programming brick is Linux-based, and with dozens of available sensors, it allows you to make incredibly sophisticated robots. Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 goes beyond the example projects that come with the box and helps you to produce a more advanced and functional robot.

"Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3" is a practical guide that shows you how to advance from the basic lessons included in your EV3 kit, combine core programming commands, and implement tested design principles when building your robot. You will build a basic robot and download a program to make the robot move. You will also write several increasingly complex programs to add functionality to the robot and use a proportional algorithm to track a line with an optical sensor.

"Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3" will teach you how to make a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robot that can navigate and interact with its environment using sensors. You will first be guided through how to make your robot interact with its environment using touch sensors. You will then program the robot to navigate and change direction using a gyro sensor. Next, using a proportional algorithm, your robot will maintain a given distance to a stationary or moving object. You will then be shown how to change parameters using on-board buttons and finally how to use an optical sensor to track a line. "Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3" is full of step-by-step instructions and illustrations designed to help you build a robot with ease.

Features
  • Step-by-step instructions that will help you to build and program your own robot
  • Utilize all the sensors in the EV3 kit
  • Write programs with all of the essential programming commands

 

Page Count 82
Course Length 2 hours 27 minutes
ISBN 9781849519755
Date Of Publication 24 Sep 2013

Authors

Gary Garber

Gary Garber teaches physics, math, and engineering at Boston University Academy. Gary is the president of the New England Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers and has led dozens of professional development workshops in education at both the local and national levels.

Gary runs the Boston University FIRST Robotics program. He has run and hosted numerous robotics workshops in VEX, Tetrix, and LEGO platforms. He has run dozens of LEGO robotics tournaments and spoken on robotics education at both local and national conferences. His robotics team has worked with Engineers Without Borders, NASA, and the National Science Teachers Association on a variety of engineering and education projects.

He is currently an educational consultant, working to develop new software tools for the classroom, at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, which is a pioneer in LEGO Robotics Education. He is the author of Instant LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3, Packt Publishing. He currently resides in Massachusetts, US. When he is not playing with LEGO, robots, or toy trains, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Catalina, and their two children, Alejandro and Leonardo.