Mastering LEGO® MINDSTORMS: Build Better Robots with Python and Word Blocks (Paperback)

Mastering LEGO® MINDSTORMS: Build Better Robots with Python and Word Blocks By Barbara Bratzel, Rob Torok Cover Image
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Take your robotics skills to the next level with this guide to mastering LEGO® MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor and LEGO® SPIKE Prime.

You’ve learned the basics of LEGO® robotics with your Robot Inventor or SPIKE Prime kit, and now you’re ready for more. This full-color, illustrated guidebook to programming your robotic creations teaches you everything you need to know to level up your engineering skills, using examples relevant to both sets. In no time, you’ll be coding movements for autonomous robot vehicles, building interactive games, making LEGO® musical instruments, and more.

Rather than feature step-by-step instructions for building a handful of models, you’ll find essential information and expert tips and tricks for designing, building, and programming your own robotic creations. The book teaches the fundamentals of writing text-based code for your robots using the popular Python programming language; shows how to harness gears, linkages, and other mechanisms to create all kinds of motion; and explores sophisticated programming techniques for popular applications such as line following and obstacle avoidance, using both Python and Scratch-based Word Blocks. As you learn, loads of challenges and open-ended projects will inspire you to try out ideas.

About the Author

Barbara Bratzel is a K-8 STEM teacher who consults at the Center for Engineering and Education Outreach at Tufts University. She has been a keynote speaker and workshop leader at LEGO robotics educational conferences around the world, and she’s the author of several robotics books for teachers, including Makerspace LEGO® (College House Books).

Rob Torok teaches Computer Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Design at a senior secondary school in Tasmania. He has run robotics workshops for teachers and students, and consulted for LEGO Education Australia and the Center for Engineering and Education Outreach at Tufts University. He contributed a chapter to The LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book (No Starch Press).

Praise For…

"Mastering LEGO® MINDSTORMS is a great resource for robot builders or FLL teams to advance their skills!"
—Joe Meno, BrickJournal

"The informative text is as supportive as it is educational. . . . explain[s] robotics in a way that respects the reader while challenging them."
—Rosemary Kiladitis, Mom Read It

"Give[s] you great ideas to start coding [and] offers a lot of essential information for robot building and programming."
—Mariana Ruiz, GeekDad

"Very inspirational stuff in there . . . This does get me very excited about using MINDSTORMS!"

"I would recommend it for anyone who wants to take the LEGO MINDSTORMS creations or even the LEGO motorized machs to the next level."

Product Details
ISBN: 9781718503144
ISBN-10: 1718503148
Publisher: No Starch Press
Publication Date: October 25th, 2022
Pages: 136
Language: English
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