The LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor Activity Book

The LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor Activity Book

A Beginner’s Guide to Building and Programming LEGO Robots
by Daniele Benedettelli
September 2021, 200 pp.

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With its amazing assortment of bricks, motors, and smart sensors, the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robot Inventor set opens the door to a physical-meets-digital world. The LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor Activity Book expands that world into an entire universe of incredibly fun, uniquely interactive robotic creations! Using the Robot Inventor set and a device that can run the companion app, you’ll learn how to build bots beyond your imagination—from a magical monster that gobbles up paper and answers written questions, to a remote-controlled transformer car that you can drive, steer, and shape-shift into a walking humanoid robot at the press of a button.

Author and MINDSTORMS master Daniele Benedettelli, a robotics expert, takes a project-based approach as he leads you through an increasingly sophisticated collection of his most captivating robot models, chapter by chapter. Each project features illustrated step-by-step building instructions, as well as detailed explanations on programming your robots through the MINDSTORMS App—no coding experience required.

As you build and program an adorable pet turtle, an electric guitar that lets you shred out solos, a fully functional, whiz-bang pinball machine and more, you’ll discover dozens of cool building and programming techniques to apply to your own LEGO creations, from working with gears and motors, to smoothing out sensor measurement errors, storing data in variables and lists, and beyond. By the end of this book, you’ll have all the tools, talent and inspiration you need to invent your own LEGO MINDSTORMS robots.

Author Bio 

Daniele Benedettelli is known worldwide for his LEGO MINDSTORMS creations. He has spent nearly a decade collaborating with the LEGO Group to help develop and test LEGO MINDSTORMS, including the software for the LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 set. His YouTube videos boast over 8 million views, and his creations have been featured on many TV shows. He is author of The LEGO BOOST Activity Book (No Starch Press, 2019), The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Laboratory (No Starch Press, 2013), LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Thinking Robots (No Starch Press, 2010), and Creating Cool LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Robots (Apress, 2008). Benedettelli lives in Tuscany, Italy, where he works as a freelance LEGO designer and high school robotics teacher.

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: Getting Started
Chapter 2: Baseball Batter
Chapter 3: The Gobbler
Chapter 4: SARKIAP-1 the Transformer
Chapter 5: Shelly the Turtle
Chapter 6: Whac-A-Mole!
Chapter 7: Pinball
Chapter 8: Guitar
Chapter 9: Where to Go from Here
Appendix A: Word Blocks Quick Reference Guide

All chapters are included in this Early Access PDF.

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"An excellent project-based introduction to the new MINDSTORMS set . . . Through creative models and platforms to develop coding skills, the book provides something for everyone. Overall, Benedettelli’s projects are a great way for anyone to dive into LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor."
—Sanjay and Arvind Seshan,