- Paperback: 333 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 2nd ed. edition (March 17, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 148422261X
- ISBN-13: 978-1484222614
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3: The Mayan Adventure 2nd ed. Edition
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Build five robots to overcome obstacles and lead a team of explorers deep into a Mayan tomb. You are along for the ride with Evan and his archaeologist uncle as they explore a Mayan pyramid complete with traps and treasures. Using a variety of EV3 robots, the archaeology team is able to move deeper into the tomb, all the way to the sarcophagus of King Ixtua. But beware of the traps! The pyramid's design has successfully deterred unwanted visitors through the centuries, and your team will need to be careful and alert.
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3: The Mayan Adventure guides in the design, construction, and programming of unique explorer robots to open “the newly discovered tomb of an ancient Mayan king." You will learn and use a workmanlike design methodology that teaches you about your robot’s motors and sensors. Complete building and programming instructions are provided for each robot, giving you as much guidance as you want, to learn as you build.
Can you help Evan and the team of explorers navigate through the old pyramid and gain entry to King Ixtua's tomb? Read the stories, dig in to the environments, and create the robots that will reveal the secrets of The Mayan Adventure.
- Updates the beloved Mayan Adventure to the latest LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 hardware and software.
- Shows how to build all five EV3 robots to solve real-world problems.
- Includes Design Journal pages and Engineering Notes that encourage constructive brainstorming.
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My biases: I am related to one of the authors. This might seemingly lean me in favor of a positive review. I won’t dispute that. But I will point out I have a deeper understanding, as a reviewer, of the personality and motivation of one of the authors. I am aware of his long background as a science teacher in California, and of his experience teaching summer robotics courses to children in the US and China. I believe this connection increases my understanding of who created the book, and puts me in a good position to review it.
1. This book very clearly answers “WHAT should I build?” In my experience, “what” is actually one of the hardest parts of starting to learn. What’s the first step? Is it too hard of a project? Too easy? This book provides an overarching narrative, so you have a feel where you are and what you want to do next. “What” is no longer a barrier to learning.
2. This book provides fantastic pictures and sketches. Seeing is understanding. The parts pictures and the step-by-step assembly pictures are incredibly useful. Flexibility - if you want to go faster or try something different - is built in. The authors make it very clear: “this is just one possible version… Some of you might choose to design and build your own version…” (page 17).
3. This is the Second Edition of the book, so you can be confident that it has already been stress-tested. It’s good with small details. For example, Appendix C (pages 323-326) is advice for setting up a multi-compartment toolbox for keeping track of parts. This kind of extra help is excellent.
4. This book is great to give to others. You can confidently hand it your precocious son or daughter and, even without having worked through it yourself, you will know that it points them in the right direction.
Extra: If there’s an award for best author picture, this book has to be high on the list. The picture for co-author Mark Bell (page xv) clearly shows his best impression of a mad scientist!
I do have some smaller complaints with the book. None of them have to do with the structure or content.
1. As a 50-year old, the overall tone is gently child focused, but I think that works just fine. However, if you’re expecting something more textbook-like, this may not be the book for you.
2. If I’m working on a robot these days, I’m likely to depend heavily on Google search and various online communities to ask questions and get responses. I found the section on signing up for sites or starting a blog to be extremely thin. It does not diminish the usefulness of the book itself, but it was notable.
3. I found the Index to be limited. This is not much of a handicap, since I followed the progression closely and didn’t do much jumping around within the book. However, since I believe indexes can be generated automatically (at least as a first pass) I found this to be somewhat surprising. Just one example: When looking for community information, I found “Community gallery” but not “Community” (page 331).
4. I found the editing to be slightly uneven. References to “Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth” (where content for the book appears to been used in summer robotics classes) has inconsistent abbreviations throughout. Some other smaller details stand out as well: Co-author Jim Kelly does not have an author’s picture (page xv). Kelly also appears to thank design people for a cover image that was not used. Finally, along with the authors’ information, I believe there should be some explanation of what a “Technical Reviewer” does (page xvii), though this comes up somewhat in the Acknowledgement page (page xix).
If you’re interested in building a robot and need a clear path to get there, this book is a fantastic resource. It answers what you should do, how, and it gives you enough structure and support to get there. Normally you have details without fun, or vice versa. This book masterfully provides both.