LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3: The Mayan Adventure, Second Edition

  • 4h 27m
  • James Floyd Kelly, Mark Bell
  • Apress
  • 2017

Build five robots to overcome obstacles and lead a team of explorers deep into a Mayan tomb. You are along for the ride with Evan and his archaeologist uncle as they explore a Mayan pyramid complete with traps and treasures. Using a variety of EV3 robots, the archaeology team is able to move deeper into the tomb, all the way to the sarcophagus of King Ixtua. But beware of the traps! The pyramid's design has successfully deterred unwanted visitors through the centuries, and your team will need to be careful and alert.

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3: The Mayan Adventure guides in the design, construction, and programming of unique explorer robots to open “the newly discovered tomb of an ancient Mayan king." You will learn and use a workmanlike design methodology that teaches you about your robot’s motors and sensors. Complete building and programming instructions are provided for each robot, giving you as much guidance as you want, to learn as you build.

Can you help Evan and the team of explorers navigate through the old pyramid and gain entry to King Ixtua's tomb? Read the stories, dig in to the environments, and create the robots that will reveal the secrets of The Mayan Adventure.

Updates the beloved Mayan Adventure to the latest LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 hardware and software.

What You'll Learn

  • Begin your first robot right away – one that can open a long-lost Mayan king’s tomb
  • Learn a design process, backed up by written forms and step-by-step support
  • Gain true skill in brainstorming and problem solving, and in the testing and fixing of robots
  • Share design documents with other “Mayan archaeologists,” teachers, and robotic engineers
  • Begin a design tool collection for use in future projects

Who This Book Is For

The new user who wants step-by-step building and programming instructions, teachers interested in real engineering design methods and systems thinking, and parents wanting an engaging story along with projects to strengthen the bond with a son or daughter

About the Authors

Mark Bell is a middle school science and technology teacher residing in Los Angeles. His passion for designing things, debugging them, and requirements engineering has led to a twenty-five year career as a technologist in support of aerospace, military, education, and the intelligence community. For the last decade, Mark has been an instructor with gifted, young robotics students in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. He teaches regularly at several locations in the US and Hong Kong.

James Floyd Kelly is a professional writer from Atlanta, Georgia. He has written numerous books on multiple subjects, including LEGO robotics, open source software, and building your own CNC machine as well as a 3D printer.

In this Book

  • Tomb, Trap, and Trigger
  • ExploroBot: Planning and Design
  • ExploroBot: Build It
  • ExploroBot: Program It
  • String, Pebbles, and Gravity
  • StringBot: Planning
  • StringBot: Build It
  • StringBot: Program It
  • Scroll, Key, and Camera
  • SnapShotBot: Planning and Design
  • SnapShotBot: Build It
  • SnapShotBot: Program It
  • Get In, Grab It, Get Out
  • GrabberBot: Planning and Design
  • GrabberBot: Build It
  • GrabberBot: Program It
  • Bravery, Wisdom, and Honor
  • PushBot: Planning and Design
  • PushBot: Build It
  • PushBot: Program It
  • Secret, and Home


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