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Design Innovative Robots with LEGO SPIKE Prime

By : Aaron Maurer
5 (1)
Book Image

Design Innovative Robots with LEGO SPIKE Prime

5 (1)
By: Aaron Maurer

Overview of this book

The new LEGO SPIKE Prime is one of the latest additions to the LEGO robotics line of products. This book will help you to enjoy building robots and understand how exciting robotics can be in terms of design, coding, and the expression of ideas. The book begins by taking you through a new realm of playful learning experiences designed for inventors and creators of any age. In each chapter, you'll find out how to build a creative robot, learn to bring the robot to life through code, and finally work with exercises to test what you've learned and remix the robot to suit your own unique style. Throughout the chapters, you'll build exciting new smart robots such as a handheld game, a robotic arm with a joystick, a guitar, a flying bird, a sumobot, a dragster, and a Simon Says game. By the end of this LEGO book, you'll have gained the knowledge and skills you need to build any robot that you can imagine.
Table of Contents (9 chapters)

Chapter 6: Building a Dragster

Dragsters that race and are designed for speed are a classic build and one that every builder creates at some point in their lives. I have operated a LEGO MINDSTORMS robotics summer camp for several years and the dragster challenge is a favorite every year that the kids always want to compete in. Whether designing for yourself or competing against others, racing is a blast. In this chapter, you will build a dragster using the SPIKE Prime kit to see how it turns out in terms of speed and design.

Here is a photo of what your dragster will look like by the end of this chapter:

Figure 6.1 – Dragster

In this chapter, you will build and program as follows:

  • Building the motor frame
  • Building the gear system and back wheels
  • Building the body of the dragster
  • Adding the body design
  • Coding the dragster