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LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders: Ten Inventions to Spark Your Imagination Paperback – November 29, 2008

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Jim Kelly was accepted into the LEGO MINDSTORMS Developer Program (MDP) in early 2006 and helped to beta test the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kit and software. He is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, a group that continues to assist LEGO with testing and growing the NXT product.

Matthias Scholz is a member of the LEGO Mindstorms Community Partners Program. His NXT-related Web site is extremely popular. He is also a frequent contributor to the well-known NXT blog, The NXT STEP. He majored in Mathematics at the University of Bayreuth and has held various positions in German IT enterprises.

Martijn Boogaarts was one of the initial organizers of LEGO WORLD. He has built several large demonstration models, including the Road-Plate-Laying-Machine, a working car factory (27 RCXs), and a Pinball machine.

Jonathan Daudelin has been competing in FLL since age 13. In 2007, his team won the First Place Robot Performance and First Place Innovative Robot awards at the World Festival after their robot achieved perfect scores in all three rounds. He is a contributor to The NXT Step blog and a co-author of "The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book" (No Starch) and "The NXT Robotics Competition Workbook" (self-published).

Laurens Valk is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, and one of his robots appears on the NXT 2.0 box. Valk is the author of The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book, a co-author of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders (both No Starch Press), and a contributor to The NXT Step Blog. He lives in the Netherlands where he studies Mechanical Engineering at Delft University of Technology.

Fay Rhodes is co-author of The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Idea Book (No Starch), a 2007 member of LEGO's MINDSTORMS Community Partners (MCP), and the only female contributor to the NXT Step Blog.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (November 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593271883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593271886
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stan Walker on December 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
I pre-ordered this as this book had a bike in it.

The book arrived on Thursday - way later than I expected. But it was worth the wait. And yes - it was the autonomous bike that my 11 year old boy built first - and suprisingly (given its complexity) without any adult help. It is such a cool bike that my son does not want to take it apart to build the Bobcat, self parking car and the dragster (which is the model you see on the front cover).

Any way - back to the book:
- Quality of models: very good seletion from easy to moderately hard

- Build Instructions: Extremely good - though it is black and white

- Programming instructions: OK - Might need some help with younger kids - but OK. It would be nice if the publisher had the programs downloadable - it is a bit of a drag following the steps for a 11 year old.

Overall, I love the models even from an adult point of view - a good combinations of machines and vehicles. The right balance of fun and learning through discovery. Only downside is it does not have any animals.

I never given a 5 star for a book before - but this one has earned it! Highly reccomended.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Patti R. Schiendelman on January 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
When Seattle schools were closed for snow (snow!), my son decided to make a project from No Starch Press's new book, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT One-Kit Wonders. We really like this book - it consists of ten projects designed by the contributors to the NXT Step blog. The book is not for absolute beginners, but it's not too advanced if you have some experience with building and programming NXT MINDSTORMS. The projects include an M&M sorter, a NXT version of a Bobcat, and a drag racer.

He chose the robot hand project - it's a hand that fits over your own hand; he liked the silly redundancy of the idea - it takes two hands to operate it! Like all the projects, this one has a parts list, an explanation of the project, pictures of the steps, and the programming code. The only criticism he had was that the pictures were in black-and-white, and a little dark, so it was sometimes difficult to see exactly what parts were needed. You can see the robot hand in action in the video - it rotates in both directions, and it's surprisingly dexterous.

We really liked the fact that each project uses only the parts that come with the basic NXT MINDSTORMS kit; we've started projects from other books that turned out to require lots of other parts only available in really expensive and hard to find educational kits. Since there are nine authors, the projects represent a variety of approaches - it's like learning from a team of teachers. The projects are complete in themselves, but each project has suggestions for modifying the designs, and the authors encourage kids to think creatively and explore further. The book is full of fun projects, and gives kids tools to help create their own designs. We look forward to building more projects!
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Keith McMillen on September 25, 2009
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This does look like an interesting book with several great projects. I was intrigued enough to order it along with the NXT 2.0 set, based on the Amazon recommendation. This book uses parts that are not in the NXT 2.0 (especially gears). You can not build some of these projects with just the parts in the NXT 2.0 set. As a novice to these kits I didn't know enough about them to even consider the differences. Now I need to find the pieces that I need to actually build these projects, because they are too compelling to ignore. I like the book, just beware of the differences between the older NXT set and the newer NXT 2.0 set.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William Sommerwerck VINE VOICE on December 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
It's dangerous to recommend an nxt book when you haven't built any of its models, but I'm going to take a chance and give "nxt One-Kit Wonders" an enthusiastic recommendation. (For those who might be confused, this book was originally titled "The LEGO MindStorms nxt Idea Book volume 2".)

Quality-wise, nxt books are all over the place. There are near-disasters ("LEGO MindStorms nxt Hacker's Guide") and bitter disappointments ("Advanced nxt -- the Da Vinci Inventions Book" -- where are the robot knight and autonomous cart?). Rare are the books that actually deliver on their promises, such as "Creating Cool MindStorms nxt Robots". (The failure to provide a JohnNXT parts list showing which additional parts are needed is my only gripe. Coming up with your own list will drive you crazy.)

"nxt One-Kit Wonders" is one of the best. The Candy-Picker is the first nxt device I've seen that doesn't use the computer brick. It exploits the high efficiency of the nxt motors (the RIS motors are similarly efficient) to allow a human-turned motor to power the picker.

The SPC (self-parking car), GrabBot, and "the bike" are particularly appealing because they're excellent examples of autonomous behavior, the thing that (for most people) distinguishes a true robot from other machinery.

Each project ends with a "further exploration" list of modifications or enhancements readers might wish to challenge themselves with.

The printing quality is very good, lacking the muddy grays and blacks that afflict too many RIS and nxt books and make assembly drawings hard to interpret. The programming panels are small, but related blocks are almost always on the same page.

Strongly recommended.
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