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James Floyd Kelly is a freelance writer living in Atlanta, Georgia, with degrees in English and Industrial Engineering. A long-time Lego Mindstorms developer, he is editor-in-chief of the world's most popular Lego blog, thenxtstep.com, which continues to draw an estimated 30,000+ readers monthly, and is a regular contributor to the Lego Mindstorm development team. James Kelly has written on topics including robotics, building custom computers and free software. His most recent book, Don't Spend a Dime: The Path to Low-Cost Computing, is the first book on free software to be published in four years. When not writing, he and his wife enjoy watching their little boy discover all kinds of new and exciting things about the world.
For those kids who DO have time to get creative, the book encourages that, too.
Though I know the story line is more for kids than adults, I am enjoying reading it and then building and performing the robot challenges.
I was also surprised at how well the content is laid out, and the build instructions are easy to follow.
This is the fifth copy I've bought of this book. I've given the others to parents and teachers new to working with robotics. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jo Ray Van Vliet
I did not know this when buying this book so wanted to make sure that others know that (we have the 2.0 kit). Read morePublished 15 months ago by sfg
Mr. Kelly not only uses his talents to give back to teach children about engineering, but he also has a very warm personality that I found out after I contacted him regarding this... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jacqueline
Thank Goodness that this book is not a User manual or Engineering documents that one has to refer to build robots! Read morePublished on April 19, 2010 by rbhatta
I was surprised at how quickly I received the book. I planned on using it in a classroom and had not even considered putting it in my lesson plans yet. Read morePublished on April 5, 2010 by F. Rodriguez
At 43 years old I too was wondering if this was just for kids, but it definitely is not. It opens your mind to move beyond the following the step by step instructions in most all... Read morePublished on September 15, 2008 by Cinophile
The value of this book is not in the number of documented designs, but how it teaches you the process to come up with your own designs. Read morePublished on May 13, 2008 by Amazon Customer
did you really write this book have not read it yet but it's being shipped to my house.Published on March 21, 2008 by Christopher A. Johnson
I bought this to introduce my grandchildren to science projects. Their ages are 7 and 10. We have no special contest or competition to enter. Read morePublished on February 23, 2008 by Ray Computer Geek