- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press,US; 1 edition (11 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593276001
- ISBN-13: 978-1593276003
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.6 x 26 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 798 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Lego Mindstorms Ev3 Idea Book Paperback – 1 Aug 2017
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A Note From the Author
The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set is designed to allow builders of any age to create robots, vehicles, and other contraptions with moving parts.
Each model in this book is only a small mechanism, but you can make an infinite variety of larger models by combining these ideas. LEGO bricks aren’t designed to fit in just one specific place or in one particular way. Your imagination is your guide when building with LEGO, and I hope that you will create your own wonderful masterpieces using this book as inspiration.
To build the models in this book, all you need is the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set (home edition #31313).
Where Are the Words?
Other than this brief introduction and the table of contents, this book has almost no words. Instead, you’ll find a series of photographs of increasingly complex models, each designed to demonstrate a mechanical principle or building technique.
While the book lists the pieces needed for each model, it does not include step-by-step building instructions. Look at the photographs taken from various angles and try to reproduce the model. Building in this way is something like putting together a puzzle. You’ll get the hang of it after a little practice.
This is an idea book; it’s about imagination. Rather than tell you what to see or think when you study the models, I encourage you to interpret them in your own way. Your interpretations will lead you to invent your very own models or use my mechanisms in entirely new ways!
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The full color format is fabulous! Every simple machine is displayed with all the steps and a graphic part list. Awesome!
For FLL teams that need inspiration and practice on building attachments, this will be invaluable. There is also information on using the sensors.
Of note, this book is entirely simple machines (attachments) for your EV3. If your students need direction on attaching these assemblies and creating an entire bot, I'd recommend The Art of Lego Mindstorms EV3 Programming by Terry Griffin and The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Discovery Book by Laurens Valk.
In contrast most of the things built in Isogawa's book are explained in just one or two picture frames. Everything is a mechanism, beautifully and simply presented to invite you to want to understand the ideas at work and experiment and tinker yourself. My son started flipping through the almost entirely visual book on his own and was immediately drawn in. The first thing he built were a few of the designs for changing motor rotations into 'lifting' motions. Before very long it felt like both of us had crossed a threshold into a new world with endless new possibilities, learning and exploration ahead.
It is said that the Japanese are known as master craftsmen and for the beautiful functional simplicity of their designs. This book proves it so.
Ok, a few reasons why I like it so much.
First rate photos
all parts can be made out of the kit
Lots of useful mechanisms
Well built strong ideas
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