Laurens Valk is a robotics engineer based in the Netherlands, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology. He is a member of the MINDSTORMS Community Partners (MCP), a select group of MINDSTORMS enthusiasts who help test and develop new MINDSTORMS products. He started building robots with the EV3 system a year before its 2013 release, and one of his designs appears on the EV3 packaging as an official bonus robot.
Laurens enjoys designing robots and creating tutorials to build and program them, so that robot fans around the world can re-create the designs and learn more about robotics. He has worked on several LEGO robotics books, including the best-selling LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 Discovery Book (No Starch Press, 2010). He blogs about robots at robotsquare.com.
LEGO® MINDSTORMS® has changed the way we think about robotics by making it possible for anyone to build real, working robots. The latest MINDSTORMS set, EV3, is more powerful than ever, and The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book is the complete, beginner-friendly guide you need to get started.
Begin with the basics as you build and program a simple robot to experiment with motors, sensors, and EV3 programming. Then you'll move on to a series of increasingly sophisticated robots that will show you how to work with advanced programming techniques like data wires, variables, and custom-made programming blocks. You'll also learn essential building techniques like how to use beams, gears, and connector blocks effectively in your own designs.
Master the possibilities of the EV3 set as you build and program:
The EXPLOR3R, a wheeled vehicle that uses sensors to navigate around a room and follow linesThe FORMULA EV3 RACE CAR, a streamlined remote-controlled race carANTY, a six-legged walking creature that adapts its behavior to its surroundingsSK3TCHBOT, a robot that lets you play games on the EV3 screenThe SNATCH3R, a robotic arm that can autonomously find, grab, lift, and move the infrared beaconLAVA R3X, a humanoid robot that walks and talksMore than 150 building and programming challenges throughout encourage you to think creatively and apply what you've learned to invent your own robots. With The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book as your guide, you'll be building your own out-of-this-world creations in no time!
Requirements: One LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 set (LEGO SET #31313)