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The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book
A Beginner's Guide to Building and Programming Robots
The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book
The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book

San Francisco, CA, June 11, 2014The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book (No Starch Press, June 2014, 396 pp., $34.95, ISBN 9781593275327) is the latest No Starch Press book to tackle the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robotics system. This second edition of the best-selling LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book remains the ultimate beginner's guide to this powerful kit for anyone who wants to start making their own robots.

Author Laurens Valk brings his robotics expertise to bear as he teaches readers the techniques essential to successful robot building. Valk has been building MINDSTORMS robots for years and was even recruited by the LEGO Group to test and develop this new generation of LEGO MINDSTORMS. The depth of his knowledge comes through on every page.

The first full-color MINDSTORMS book from any major publisher, The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book features all new content that takes readers from gearing and fundamental mechanics through advanced programming techniques as they build these six robots:

  • The EXPLOR3R, a wheeled vehicle that uses sensors to navigate around a room and follow lines
  • The FORMULA EV3 RACE CAR, a streamlined remote-controlled race car
  • ANTY, a six-legged walking creature that adapts its behavior to its surroundings
  • SK3TCHBOT, a robot that lets you play games on the EV3 screen
  • The SNATCH3R, a robotic arm that can autonomously find, grab, lift, and move an infrared beacon
  • LAVA R3X, a humanoid robot that walks and talks

Valk rounds out the fundamentals with more than 150 building and programming challenges that encourage readers to discover the countless possibilities of the EV3 kit and to start inventing robots of their own.

For more information or to request a review copy of the The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book, contact Marlon Rigel at No Starch Press ([email protected], +1.415.863.9900 or visit

About the Author

Laurens Valk is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners, a select group of MINDSTORMS enthusiasts who help test and develop new MINDSTORMS products. One of his robot designs is featured on the EV3 packaging as a bonus project. His previous work, the best-selling LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book, introduced more than 50,000 beginners worldwide to the powerful world of LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics. He blogs about robots at

Additional Resources
No Starch Press Catalog Page
Chapter 4: Working with Programming Blocks: Action Blocks (PDF)
Chapter 6: Understanding Sensors (PDF)
Table of Contents
Detailed Table of Contents (PDF)
Index (PDF)

Publisher: No Starch Press
By Laurens Valk
ISBN: 9781593275327, $34.95  
June 2014, 396 pp.
[email protected]

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