- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 9374 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484221044
- Publisher: Apress; 2 edition (10 June 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0721GMXG3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 23 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #708,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Winning Design!: LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Design Patterns for Fun and Competition Kindle Edition
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Design that works! It's what you need if you're building and competing with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 robotics. You'll find uses for the new light sensors and gyro sensors in navigation, helping you to follow lines and make turns more consistently. Approach collision detection with greater confidence through EV3's ultrasonic sensor. Learn new designs for power attachments.
Winning Design! is about building with LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 for fun, for education, but especially for competition. Author James Trobaugh is an experienced coach and leader in the FIRST LEGO League. In this book, he shares his hard-won knowledge about design principles and techniques that contribute toward success in robotics competitions.
Winning Design! unlocks the secrets of reliable design using LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3. You’ll learn proven design patterns that you can employ for common tasks such as turning, pushing, and pulling. You’ll reduce and compensate for variation in performance from battery charge levels and motor calibration differences. You’ll produce designs that won’t frustrate you by not working, but that will delight you with their reliable performance in the heat of competition.
Good design is about more than just the hardware. Software counts for a lot, and Winning Design! has you covered. You’ll find chapters on program design and organization with tips on effective coding and documentation practices. You’ll learn about master programs and the needed flexibility they provide. There’s even a section on presenting your robot and software designs to the judges.
Winning Design! is the book you need if you're involved in competitions such as FIRST LEGO League events. Whether coach, parent, or student, you’ll find much in this book to make your design and competition experience fun and memorable, and educational. Don't be without this book if you're leading a team of young people as they build skills toward a future in technology.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Trobaugh begins by emphasizing the importance of knowing and understanding all the FLL competition rules, including that you can only use genuine LEGO parts and stock EV3 programming elements. He covers chassis design, gearing, drive wheels, how to reliably travel straight, wall-following, jigs, motor matching, consistent turning, line-following, passive and motorized attachments, using pneumatic attachments for motor-free power, MyBlocks, sequencer programs, software version control, lab notebooks, and how teams should present their work to judges. There are also 76 pages of instructions for how to build the "DemoBot" robot the book uses for all of its examples.
This is probably 90-95% of what first- or second-year teams will need to significantly "improve their game". The writing is clear, and should be accessible to middle-schoolers. Trobaugh provides screenshots of example EV3 programs, and these are very helpful, but my biggest critique of the book is that some of the larger programs' text and parameters are almost unreadably small. Hopefully the next printing can split the programs onto multiple lines (maybe 4-5 modules each?), and/or take screenshots zoomed out on a larger monitor, to improve readability. A reader could also wish for more examples of clever attachments or ways to solve particular missions, to get them thinking creatively.
Twice in Chapter 5, I think the author meant to say that the optimal distance from your color sensor to the field mat is 2-3 "mm" instead of "cm". And he mentions TechBrick, a poorly designed website with many outdated references (like “New” NXT books from 2007), instead of the more modern and highly rated ev3lessons site. But except for these, the book is well-edited, and is a much-needed and useful aid for early stage First Lego League teams.
Lots of good info for both beginning and intermediate teams.