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The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory: Build, Program, and Experiment with Five Wicked Cool Robots! Paperback – 9 Nov 2013
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About the Author
Daniele Benedettelli is known worldwide for his original LEGO robots, including his Rubik's Cube solvers and his humanoid robots. As a LEGO MINDSTORMS Community Partner (MCP), he helps to test and develop new MINDSTORMS products. He earned a master's degree in Robotics and Automation from the University of Siena in Italy. He holds educational presentations and workshops on Information and Communications Technology around the world and teaches robotics at the high school level.
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I am not an automatic fan of everything Lego. I don't collect sets, and I don't furiously build everything I stumble upon. I bought the NXT 2.0 kit with the sole purpose of educating my kids, just as I bought real fossil sets, kumon math books, small and not so small microscopes, etc... Call me a sucker for anything that claims, with a reasonable grounding in reality, to be technically and scientifically educational. Sadly, I was probably a bit over-optimistic: a 6 years old boy and a 3 years old girl are not a good audience for a robotic kit. Now that they are a few years older, I decided to try again, with the same goal - entertaining education - and an EV3 kit. It is from that perspective that I will judge this book.
The book begins with a good and brief introduction to the EV3 kit pieces and their names. Unlike some of the other NXT 2.0 books I own, this part is not an overly verbose page filler. Mentions of structures and frictions are a hint of things to come.
Chapter 2 and 3 introduce the mandatory base platform and the visual block programming. This is probably the weakest part of the book: while they are excellent and have to be there if only for the users who will only buy one book, I can't help thinking it deprives us from a bit more of what follows, which is even better.
Chapter 4, 5 and 6 dive deeper into programming and the first application. Interesting experiments are suggested, not randomly but in the framework of a logical pedagogical approach.Read more ›
My only problem was that with a couple of the models SENTIN3L and T-R3X particularly I found them to be a bit unstable, and they could fall over. I think this was because I used rechargeable NiMh battery cells which are quite heavy in the eV3 brick. I asked the author on his web site (quick response) and he had used the rechargeable pack that LEGO supply as an extra (it is standard with the Educational set but not the retail one) and I think this is lighter, altering the centre of gravity of the model. This is why I give it 4 rather than 5 stars. Notwithstanding, this is an excellent book and a must if you are really serious about getting to grips with the potential of the ev3 system. The analysis of steering geometry and the programming to allow for it in the steerable SUP3r CAR is superb!
I bought the Kindle addition which worked well if you have a second monitor on your PC on which to display it, with the LEGO program on the main monitor.
The reason I gave 4 stars is that the printed book is in black and white. For this reason, I would recommend getting an electronic copy (Kindle from Amazon or PDF from the publisher), because some of the trickier steps become easier when you can see the pictures in colour.
However, I must add that the kids were able to use the black-and-white copy just fine, and in fact preferred the printed copy for reading the accompanying texts.
There's a deal from publisher for getting a printed book and e-copy for free (or at a heavy discount), or you can do that by reading text on Kindle devices and using your computer/tablet for the diagrams.
The book would get 5 stars if it was in colour! :)
Can recommend to everyone that is exploring the Mindstorm world.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the book was all black and white, it probably said that, i dont remember, and the book is accurate, but i wouldnt have bought it.Published on 20 April 2014 by Lindy Mayfield
Good book aimed at the retail EV3 pack, even lists the parts needed to make your retail kit into the education pack and even the add on pack as wellPublished on 8 Mar. 2014 by Amazon Customer
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