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LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0: The King’s Treasure (Technology in Action) [Paperback]

James Floyd Kelly
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Book Description

November 30, 2009 1430224916 978-1430224914 1

Follow the adventures of Evan and his archaeologist uncle as they explore for treasure from an ancient kingdom. Help them succeed by building a series of five robots using LEGO’s popular MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 robotics kit. Without your robots, Evan and his uncle are doomed to failure and in grave danger. Your robots are the key to their success in unlocking the secret of The King’s Treasure!

In this sequel to the immensely popular book, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: The Mayan Adventure, you get both an engaging story and a personal tutorial on robotics programming. You’ll learn about the motors and sensors in your NXT 2.0 kit. You’ll learn to constructively brainstorm solutions to problems. And you’ll follow clear, photo-illustrated instructions that help you build, test, and operate a series of five robots corresponding to the five challenges Evan and his uncle must overcome in their search for lost treasure.

  • Provides an excellent series of parent/child projects
  • Builds creative and problem-solving skills
  • Lays a foundation for success and fun with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0

Please note: the print version of this title is black & white; the eBook is full color.

What you’ll learn

  • Build working robots using the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 kit
  • Constructively brainstorm solutions to challenging problems
  • Troubleshoot when your robots do not work as you expect
  • Design with a repeatable method, not randomly
  • Document your designs using the Design Journal Worksheet
  • Program your robots using the NXT-G graphical programming language

Who this book is for

LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0: The King’s Treasure is written for children ages 10 and up who want to learn to design, build, and operate robots using LEGO’s immensely popular MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 robotics kit. The book leads readers through a series of five projects centered on an engaging story line. It can be read by kids alone, or it can provide the spark for a wonderful series of parent/child activities. Teachers and FIRST LEGO League leaders can use the book teach NXT 2.0 programming, and will find complete instructions for building five sample robots and creating five programs.

Table of Contents

  1. Turns and Tricks
  2. Mazerunner—Planning and Design
  3. MazeBot—Build It
  4. MazeRunner—Program It
  5. Swing and Switch
  6. RopeSwinger—Design and Planning
  7. RopeSwinger—Build It
  8. RopeSwinger—Program It
  9. Hook and Pull
  10. RingTosser—Design and Planning
  11. RingTosser—Build It
  12. RingTosser—Program It
  13. Rock and Roll
  14. RampRider—Design and Planning
  15. RampRider—Build It
  16. RampRider—Program It
  17. Grab and Release
  18. ZipLiner—Design and Planning
  19. ZipLiner—Build It
  20. ZipLiner—Program It
  21. Treasure and Discovery

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Editorial Reviews

About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Series: Technology in Action
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (November 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430224916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430224914
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #626,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! January 6, 2010
By JS
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
We purchased this book for my 15 and 9 year old boys who received a Mindstorms NXT 2.0 robot for Christmas. This book is intended for further instruction AFTER the tutorials that came with Mindstorms are completed. It is a great way to keep your robot builders interested and challenged.

The book is well laid out, interesting to read, and easy to follow. As an engineer myself, I really like how the author teaches critical thinking and problem solving. The problem solving sheets included (and downloadable from the publisher's website) are a big help. The author's solutions are in the book, but the kids are encouraged to come up with their own ideas first, and they are taught how to creatively think through the problem. It is similar to having a math book with the answers in the back, except the challenges are great fun. This book is a great buy.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I have reviewed several books on Lego Mindstorms NXT, unfortunately most other books provide the young robotics student with pre-designed
robots to build and insert pre-written code which only allows the Mindstroms NXT system to serve as an interesting toy; but these books provide little to inspire creativity on the part of the young student. This book refreshingly takes a totally different approach; the hobbyist is presented with an interesting story and a set of problems to solve with their Mindstorms Robot; then he or she follows along with the author in designing a new robot that addresses the defined problem;
finally, they construct and interact with their solution (which may differ from the books design). I believe this is exactly the type of learning experimenters in Technology Education had in mind at the MIT Media Lab when they prototypes the Mindstorms system. As a graduate engineer myself, and one beginning to experiment with Microcontrollers I am immensely impressed with this book as a means of teaching young hobbyists engineering design. It deserves my highest recommendation.

--Ira Laefsky
MS Engineering/MBA
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Kelly has done it again! December 22, 2009
Format:Paperback
The King's Treasure answers one of the most important questions left over from The Mayan Adventure: "Where can I get more?" This book continues the journey using the new version of LEGO MINDSTORMS as the basis for designing and building new robots for Evan and his uncle to solve 5 new mysteries of the Mayan king. Jim picks right off where he left off and makes it easy for both beginners and expert MINDSTORM builders to solve these missions. I plan on using this book as the basis for teaching my Middle School robotics class some key aspects of engineering and hope to share what we've learned with others who follow Jim's work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! April 19, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My wife teaches robotics to kids in her school's evening clubs and also in various summer robotic camps in Silicon Valley CA, We bought this for teaching kids grades 5 thru' 8 and found that it has excellent resource for the teacher and kids alike.

This book as an interesting storyline to read which gets kids involved into robotic designs rather than cookie cutter instructions that we usually find in other books. Do not get me wrong, this book can be used as a very good instructional manual to get the robot built.

This is a sequel to the immensely popular book, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: The Mayan Adventure (Technology in Action); you get both an engaging story and a personal tutorial on robotics programming. You'll learn about the motors and sensors in your NXT 2.0 kit. You'll learn to constructively brainstorm solutions to problems. And you'll follow clear, photo-illustrated instructions that help your build, test, and operate a series of five robots corresponding to the five challenges Evan and his uncle must overcome in their search for lost treasure.

PROS

[+] Provides an excellent series of parent/Teacher child projects
[+] Builds creative and problem-solving skills
[+] Lays a foundation for success and fun with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 based bricks

CONS:

[-] Wished it was in full color!

As others have pointed out here on Amazon, This is an excellent book and well worth every penny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My kid loves it! December 5, 2010
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I bought this a few months ago and my son has been using it repeatedly. It challenges him but provides enough room for success. Not a week goes by that he does not thank me for it. It is a darn sight better than vegetating in front of the TV.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Second purchase January 3, 2011
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My husband used this book in his classroom with gifted & talented students. When our eight year old nephew was getting a LEGO MINDSTORM, we purchased the book again for his use. This book seems to be one of the most helpful books available. A good second purchase.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOSH HOW COOL IS THIS!!!!!
I am a home school science teacher. I work with kids who have gotten a bit beyond what their moms are comfortable with in math and science. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars This is such a great book
I had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Kelly regarding his book. He has such a warm personality. We spoke about him coming out to me son's school to speak with a group of... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jacqueline
3.0 out of 5 stars Written well but the designs are not great
Alright so this book was pretty good but the designs weren't very well thought out. The first design doesn't move very well and I had to modify it for accuracy. Read more
Published on January 16, 2012 by Eric
3.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected
I was a bit surprised how well this book was reviewed for the poor quality of photos in the book. It seems well written but the real content that is of any value would be the... Read more
Published on December 6, 2011 by ryan mccoy
5.0 out of 5 stars very clear instructions + creativity
"Lego Mindstorms NXT 23.0 The King's Treasure" is great for getting started with NXT. It provides 5 projects that you can build. Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by Jeanne Boyarsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
We have joined the FLL Robot Lego League. This is a group of children that solve problems each year in a team format and learn at the same time. The group is great. Read more
Published on September 22, 2011 by apoem
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