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Build and Code Creative Robots with LEGO BOOST

By : Ashwin Shah
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Build and Code Creative Robots with LEGO BOOST

By: Ashwin Shah

Overview of this book

LEGO BOOST is a feature-rich creative toolbox that helps kids to develop science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills in a fun way. The LEGO BOOST kit consists of motors, sensors, and more than 840 LEGO pieces to bring various multifunctional robots to life. This book will take you on an interesting and enjoyable journey where you will have fun building robots while developing your problem-solving and logical thinking skills. This book is an end-to-end guide that will take you from a beginner to expert level of robot building with LEGO BOOST and Scratch. Starting with the unboxing and a brief introduction to LEGO BOOST, you'll quickly get your first robotic model up and running. You'll understand how to use the electronic and non-electronic components and have fun building a range of intriguing robotics projects with increasing complexity and advanced functionality. Throughout the book, you'll work on a variety of amazing projects, such as building your own R2D2, a fictional character from Star Wars, that will pique your curiosity to learn robotics and help you explore the full potential of the LEGO BOOST kit. Once you've had fun working with the projects, you'll be introduced to an interesting challenge for you to solve by yourself! By the end of this book, you'll have gained the skills to build creative robotics projects with the LEGO BOOST creative toolbox, and have built on your logical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Bonus Chapters

Chapter 12: Building a BOOST Racing Car

So far, whatever models you have built using your BOOST kit have had a simple two-wheel drive feature. In this chapter, you will be building a steering-controlled car with gears. You might have observed that your parents always maneuver their car using the car's steering wheel. Whenever the steering wheel is moved, the wheels of the car move in the respective direction. This helps the car maneuver. To build such cars using LEGO elements, we will be using gears. For a car, it is important to have a stopping position in both directions to ensure our turns are controlled. Let's start building this car:

Figure 12.1 – Racing car

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Building the racing car
  • Let's code the robot to run on different racetracks
  • Time for a challenge