I just finished reading Winning Design Lego Mindstorms NXT Design Patterns for Fun and Competition. I know quite a mouthful for a book on Legos, but I must say for anyone looking to get involved or already involved with Lego Mindstorms or First Lego League this book is gold.
We run several teams at Gangplank and are in our second year. The author’s experiences and tips are wonderful. Even some of the simpler things that would seem obvious are mistakes we have made in our first year and when I read them I thought, “Well, duh, why didn’t I think of that?”. The reason is simple inexperience. As basic as Legos are, the First Lego League can really make you have to do some complex things with those Legos and that can lead to missing many of the items pointed out in the book. Also, the time to really get your bot and presentation goes by extremely fast. I am looking forward to implementing some of the techniques in this book this year to help optimize that short time we have to get ready.
At our next meeting in June, I am going to recommend to all of our parents and kids that they pick up a copy of the book and read it and for our mentor’s this will become required reading.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars