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LEGO Mindstorms NXT : The Mayan Adventure - James Floyd Kelly

LEGO Mindstorms NXT

The Mayan Adventure


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LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT has hit the world by storm, giving you the ability to build your own robots and program them to perform all types of actions. What kind of robots? How about five exploratory robots, used to explore the newly discovered tomb of an ancient Mayan king?

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 NXT robots, the archaeology team is able to move deeper into the tomb towards the secrets 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.

You will learn and use a design methodology that will teach you about the new motors and sensors that your robot can use. Complete building and programming instructions are provided for each robot, allowing you to follow along and learn as you build.

Can you help Evan and the team of explorers navigate through the old pyramid and discover King Ixtua's tomb? Read the stories, examine the environments, and build and program the robots that will allow the team to move closer to the secrets of The Mayan Adventure.

  • This book shows how to design a NXT robot to solve real-world problems.
  • It includes worksheets that encourage constructive brainstorming techniques.
  • You'll gain access to four new and unique robot designs.
  • This book is suitable for both adults and kids exploring NXT.

About the Authorp. xiii
About the Technical Reviewersp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Introductionp. xix
Tomb, Trap, and Triggerp. 1
Day 2: King Ixtua Tomb Excavation, 4:42 PMp. 1
Tunnel Challengep. 3
Evan's Solutionp. 4
ExploroBot-Planning and Designp. 7
The ExploroBotp. 7
The Robot Descriptionp. 9
The Task Listp. 10
Limitations and Constraintsp. 10
Mindstormp. 13
Sketchesp. 15
ExploroBot-Build Itp. 17
Never Be Afraid to Experimentp. 17
Step by Stepp. 18
First Section: Ultrasonic Sensor and Neckp. 18
Second Section: Bot Body and Motorsp. 21
Third Section: Rear-Wheel Assembly and Framep. 24
Fourth Section: Put It All Togetherp. 30
ExploroBot-Program Itp. 41
Some Experience Requiredp. 41
Into the Tunnelp. 45
Out of the Tunnelp. 52
What the Degree, Kenneth? (With Apologies to REM)p. 54
Opening the Tomb Doorp. 55
String, Pebbles, and Gravityp. 57
Day 3: Inside King Ixtua's Tomb, 8:13 AMp. 57
More Monkey Businessp. 58
Vine Challengep. 59
Evan's Solutionp. 60
StringBot-Planning and Designp. 63
Design and Planningp. 63
The StringBotp. 63
The Robot Descriptionp. 64
The Task Listp. 65
Limitations and Constraintsp. 66
Mindstormp. 68
Sketchesp. 70
StringBot-Build Itp. 73
Where to Start?p. 73
Step by Stepp. 75
First Section: Brick, Framework, and Motorsp. 75
Second Section: Wheels-on-String System and String Guidesp. 81
Third Section: Carrier Arm and Motor Assemblyp. 85
StringBot-Program Itp. 91
Get Familiar with the Blocksp. 91
Getting to the Vasep. 94
Above the Vasep. 99
Back for Morep. 101
Filling the Vasep. 104
Scroll, Key, and Camerap. 107
Day 3: Tomb Reception Area, 6:08 PMp. 107
The King's Libraryp. 108
Key Retrieval Challengep. 110
Grace's Solutionp. 111
SnapShotBot-Planning and Designp. 115
SnapShotBot Planning and Designp. 115
The Robot Descriptionp. 116
The Task Listp. 117
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What About the Twine?p. 122
Limitations and Constraintsp. 122
Mindstormp. 123
Sketchesp. 125
SnapShotBot-Build Itp. 127
Jump Inp. 128
Step by Stepp. 128
First Section: Basic Bodyp. 129
Second Section: Ball-Wheel Assembly and Light Sensorp. 133
Third Section: Camera Cage and Motorp. 136
SnapShotBot-Program Itp. 149
One Block at a Timep. 149
Finding the Basketp. 154
Getting Around the Basketp. 155
Getting the Bot Homep. 159
Get In, Grab It, Get Outp. 165
Day 4: Outside King Ixtua's Library, 8:43 AMp. 165
The Throne Roomp. 165
Locate the Burial Chamberp. 166
Scroll Challengep. 168
Max's Solutionp. 170
GrabberBot-Planning and Designp. 171
GrabberBot Planning and Designp. 171
The Robot Descriptionp. 171
The Task Listp. 173
Limitations and Constraintsp. 174
Mindstormp. 174
Sketchesp. 177
GrabberBot-Build Itp. 179
First Section: Main Bodyp. 180
Second Section: Lifting Arm Mechanismp. 190
Third Section: Sensors and Various Beamsp. 192
GrabberBot-Program Itp. 203
Down the Tunnel...Againp. 203
Approaching the Scrollp. 208
Acquiring the Scrollp. 212
Bravery, Wisdom, and Honorp. 217
Day 5: Inside King Ixtua's Throne Room, 10:12 AMp. 217
The Burial Chamberp. 218
Famous Figuresp. 219
The Final Challengep. 220
Evan's Solutionp. 221
PushBot-Planning and Designp. 223
PushBot Planning and Designp. 223
The Robot Descriptionp. 223
The Task Listp. 225
Limitations and Constraintsp. 226
Mindstormp. 227
Sketchesp. 228
PushBot-Build Itp. 231
Step by Stepp. 232
First Section: Motor/Cage-Arm Mechanismp. 232
Second Section: Wheels and Neck/Ultrasonic Sensor Assemblyp. 243
Third Section: Main Bodyp. 248
PushBot-Program Itp. 255
Getting the PushBot into Positionp. 255
Positioning Three Figurinesp. 262
The Final Figurinep. 272
Discovery, Secret, and Homep. 281
Day 7: Base Camp, King Ixtua's Tomb, 11:05 AMp. 281
Online Reference and Supportp. 285
Web Sitesp. 285
Blogsp. 286
Forums and Message Boardsp. 286
Building Instructions for Botsp. 287
Backgroundp. 287
Step by Stepp. 288
NXTLOGp. 291
User Accountp. 291
Toolsp. 292
HiTechnic NXT Compass Sensorp. 295
North, West, East, and Southp. 295
Using the Compass Sensorp. 296
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9781590597637
ISBN-10: 159059763X
Series: Technology in Action
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st January 2007
Publisher: Apress
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 18.0  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.54