By Christopher Smith, James Floyd Kelly
Congratulations! You’re on Mars Base Alpha, the 1st human outpost at the crimson planet. Don’t chill out, even though. It’s now not all roses and unicorns up the following. Mars isn’t known as "The Bringer of War" for not anything! You’ve simply been rained on by means of a meteor bathe and it’s as much as you—you!—to placed your LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT robotics abilities to paintings to save lots of the day, and the bottom! And that’s in basic terms the start of the demanding situations that lie ahead.
LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: Mars Base Command is a e-book of problem. It’s approximately tough your self to layout and construct robots to unravel difficulties, tricky difficulties. Taking an identical method of best-selling LEGO writer James Kelly’s different books, this e-book provides a sequence of 4 demanding situations within the environment of mankind’s first-ever manned base in the world Mars. each one problem starts off with a backstory to set the scene. You’re given directions for developing a enjoying box, together with units that your eventual robotic needs to control. Your activity is to construct a robotic that would execute the problem and garner you the main points.
The booklet calls for the LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT schooling source Set. Scoring sheets are integrated that permit for the book’s use in academic and team settings. academics can base lesson plans round the various suggestions taught in each one problem. teams and golf equipment can decide to run mini-competitions during which groups or contributors compete opposed to one another in a race to save lots of the bottom. LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT: Mars Base Command is a wonderful selection for a person, a gaggle, or a instructor wishing to profit approximately and feature extra enjoyable with LEGO’s best-selling robotics platform.
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In this instance, you’ve got to find a way to get your robot from the PID location to the PR location. Note The Mars Base Alpha challenge may not make sense to you yet, so feel free to jump ahead to Chapter 5 to read about the rules of the challenge. You’ll find that your robot must follow steps in order as it interacts with the three models. In the full challenge, your robot will first attempt to disengage the PID before approaching the power redirect. For testing purposes on this second challenge item only, place your robot where the PID would be located and assume that it has successfully disengaged the PID and is now ready to find the PR.
This will simulate redirecting the power obtained from the solar array (see Chapter 4) to Mars Base. There is no danger to your robot from this device other than the possibility that it could get caught up in the structure. Notice also that there are two large rubber tires in front of the PR; should your robot bump into these, it is possible that the robot could be bumped off course or briefly caught, because the tire surface can be tacky and stick to plastic surfaces. You will definitely want to take a measurement or two that will allow you to determine the proper height (from the ground) that your robot must touch the circular barrel or the pointer ends on the PR’s arm.
You can use this test robot to try to find a solution to the PR challenge. Rather than worrying about building and programming a robot to interact with the power interrupt device and the power redirect, simply try to build one to solve the PR problem. In this instance, you’ve got to find a way to get your robot from the PID location to the PR location. Note The Mars Base Alpha challenge may not make sense to you yet, so feel free to jump ahead to Chapter 5 to read about the rules of the challenge.