- Series: Technology in Action
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (December 13, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430229640
- ISBN-13: 978-1430229643
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Winning Design!: LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Design Patterns for Fun and Competition (Technology in Action) 1st Edition
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About the Author
James J. Trobaugh is an experienced coach and leader in the FIRST LEGO League. He is author of the acclaimed book Winning Design!, focusing on the physical aspects of LEGO MINDSTORMS robot design. He s been involved with FIRST LEGO League since 2004 as coach for Team Super Awesome, and as a technical judge at LEGO World Festival. He is also the FIRST LEGO League Director of the Forsyth Alliance in Forsyth County, Georgia.
James started out as a LEGO hobbyist by founding the North Georgia LEGO Train Club in 1998, and has found in LEGO robotics a natural blending of his LEGO hobby and his day job as a software architect. An added bonus is the joy of sharing his love of technology not only with his own children, but with kids in general.
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Part of the process for FLL IS figuring out how to look at a situation and take an iterative approach to process improvement. This book more than gets you there, if you use the information as a sound jumping off point.
FYI-- Here would be my list of other reference books, in order my frequency of use:
The LEGO Technic Idea Books: Simple Machines, Fantastic Contraptions, and Wheeled Wonders all by Yoshihito Isogawa
First Lego League, The Unofficial Guide by James Floyd Kelly and Jonathan Daudelin
The Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Discovery Book by Laurens Valk
Building Robots with Lego Mindstorms NXT by Astolfo, Ferrari and Ferrari
Forbidden Lego by Pilegaard and Dooley
Lego Mindstorms NXT-G Programming Guide by James Floyd Kelly
Benchmarks for Science Literacy, Project 2061, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science
HOWEVER, the book that came is NOT in color (other than the cover), contrary to the images on Amazon. So I pretty much bought the book so I could feel I wasn't stealing by using the pdf I found online, which was probably pirated.
it is a shame that the book is printed in black and white (as are most after-market lego books, unfortunately). The line drawings use horrible jpeg compression with very visible artifacts (jpeg is for photos and not appropriate for line drawings). It appears that ebook versions use color illustrations, which would make everything that much easier to understand. If you have an ereader or tablet or phone, you might want to get the ebook version.
I rated the book 5 stars based on the content. The print edition really should have a star or two removed for poor printing.
I have planned several classes based upon various aspects of this book for my team before the challenge gets released in late August.