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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 4: LEGO BOOST Rover

Anything that reduces human effort is called a machine. A simple machine is a mechanical device for applying force. Any complex machine is a combination of two or more simple machines. We will learn how to apply a few of these simple machines in our upcoming projects. In science, there are a total of six simple machines, as follows:

  • Wheel and axle
  • Pulley
  • Lever
  • Wedge
  • Screw
  • Inclined plane

Wheels and axles help move heavy loads from one place to another by reducing the friction between the load and the surface, owing to its round shape. The wheel is considered one of the greatest discoveries of mankind. You can find numerous examples in and around your vicinity where wheels are used extensively to make things move easily, for example, your holiday suitcase! Have you ever tried picking up your suitcase when it is completely full? It is extremely heavy and almost impossible to lift, right? And what does your suitcase have? It...