The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Zoo!: An Unofficial, Kid-Friendly Guide to Building Robotic Animals with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT
by Fay Rhodes

The LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Zoo!: An Unofficial, Kid-Friendly Guide to Building Robotic Animals with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT<br>by Fay Rhodes
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Whether you're just beginning with your LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT set or are already an expert, you'll have hours of fun with these animal-like models that walk, crawl, hop, and roll!

The first part of the book introduces you to the NXT kit and reviews the parts you'll need in order to begin building. Next, you'll learn how to program with the NXT-G programming language, including how to make miniprograms called My Blocks that you can use to build larger programs. Finally, you'll learn how to build each robot and program it to act like its real animal cousins.

Learn to build and program the following robots:

  • Ribbit, a jumping frog
  • Bunny, a hopping rabbit
  • Sandy, a walking camel
  • Spiderbot, an eight-legged spider that avoids objects and walks forward and backward
  • Snout, a walking alligator that opens and closes its jaws
  • LEGOsaurus, a four-legged, plodding dinosaur
  • Pygmy, a walking elephant that raises and lowers its head
  • Polecat, a skunk on wheels that lifts its tail and shoots "darts"
  • Strutter, a peacock on wheels that turns and flutters its tail feathers

    Troubleshooting tips help you avoid problems like misarranged gears and incorrect programming, while a list of Internet resources is included to help guide you in further exploration with the NXT. Teachers and home educators will appreciate an appendix with helpful suggestions for using the models in the classroom.

    The models in this book have been tested repeatedly and built successfully by novice builders, so all you have to do is follow the directions and watch them go. Now, let the building begin!


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    Publisher: No Starch Press
    Page Count (est.): 320
    ISBN10: 1593271700
    ISBN13: 9781593271701
    Cover: Paperback
    Pub Date: 3/15/2008