Tutorials for Absolute Beginners


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1. Overview

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Ying Chen gives a brief overview of our “Fun with LEGO MindStorms EV3 for Absolute Beginners”. She includes some of the reasons we have put this course together, and what is included.

2. Build first Robot

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Let us build our very first robot. This is just about the simplest robot we can build with the LEGO EV3 set. We will name this Robot Botticelli, and use Botticelli in the next few Tutorials. 

3. Download software

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We need to download and install the free LEGO EV3 Editing Software on our own Laptop or Desktop, before we can teach our Robot how to move. This video demonstrates how to do this.

4. teach Robot to Move

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Now that we have installed the software, we need to find out how to use it. This tutorial teaches us how to connect Botticelli to our Laptop or Desktop computer, and how to teach Botticelli to move by typing our first program in to our laptop or desktop computer.

5. Robot smiles and speaks

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In this tutorial we learn how to teach Botticelli to move a specified distance, smile, and speak. Botticeli needs to do this to safely approach the Alien.

6. Build LucyBot

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We found that Botticelli had problems going backwards on some carpets that had ridges, so to fix this we will redesign our Robot by adding a back wheel and changing the motors. We will name our new Robot LucyBot.

7. Robot goes around the moon

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Let us pretend that we have a space mission where LucyBot has to leave the Earth, go around the Moon, and come back to land safely on Earth.

8. a Robot floor cleaner

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We have a pretend floor that needs cleaning. How can we teach a Robot to clean our Floor?

9. Robot tug-of-war

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Modify your present Robot to make it into a good Tug-Of-War Robot. Then find some string, a couple of big paper clips, and have fun!

10. Building YayaBot

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Let us build three wheeled Robot YayaBot, which will be used in quite a few of the following Challenges when we teach our Robot to see light, not bump into walls, and to play SUMO.

11.  Robot SUMO

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This tutorial shows you how to teach YayaBot to play a LEGO version of the ancient Japanese sport of SUMO.

12. Follow a black line

YayaBot Line follow Robot LEGO EV3 MindStorms 

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This tutorial demonstrates how you can teach your robot to follow  a black line on a white background.

13. Follow a colored line and maze

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Under Construction  We can now find out how to teach your robot to follow differently coloured lines on a dark background.

14.  Printed flat and walled mazes

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Under Construction  This tutorial shows you how to form many different mazes using printed templates that can be downloaded without cost from our website.

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