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LEGO Mindstorms NXT: The Mayan Adventure presents a fictional story to detail how to build and design robots. Max, the main character, is part of an archaeological expedition investigating a Mayan pyramid. During the expedition, the team encounters various problems, each solved with the help of a unique robot Max creates using the Lego Mindstorms NXT kit.
This book is organized into five sections each featuring a different robot project. Each section begins with part of the fictional story. It then examines the problem the archaeological team encounters and discusses building theory, identifying the concepts and providing the knowledge to first brainstorm and then program a robotics solution.
The book provides complete, photographic building instructions for each of the five robot projects as well as programming instructions, in the form of screenshots of the NXT-G programming language. It also details how to set up a testing environment to simulate the challenges faced by the archaeological team.
Although the book does reveal possible solutions, readers are encouraged to come up with their own and worksheets are provided for brainstorming.