The 10 Best Lego Mindstorms EV3 Books

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This wiki has been updated 27 times since it was first published in December of 2016. Lego Mindstorms EV3 has made it possible for anyone to invent, build, and control their very own personalized machines. Whether you're learning robotics yourself, looking for a fun way to teach high-tech concepts to students, or hoping to advance your skills with programming techniques not found in the starter kits, we've compiled a list of the top books to help you navigate this intriguing world. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Discovery Book

2. Learning Lego Mindstorms EV3

3. The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book

Editor's Notes

October 14, 2020:

In this update, we removed STEM by Design because its black and white illustrations made the instructions difficult for many to follow. We replaced it with Lego EV3 Robotics: A Guide for Educators. As the name suggests, this book is geared toward teachers, parents, or coaches who are looking to teach robotics. Understanding that educators come from a variety of different backgrounds and may need to learn core concepts themselves, the book clearly outlines technical terms and provides thorough explanations throughout.

When choosing a book, it's important to keep your goal in mind. If you're looking for ideas for competitions, Winning Design!: Lego Mindstorms EV3 Design Patterns is a good choice. If you want to use programmable robots to teach coding to students, consider Classroom Activities for the Busy Teacher: EV3 or Lego EV3 Robotics: A Guide for Educators. If you're familiar with the basics already and want to think outside the box and get creative, then Hacking Your Lego Mindstorms EV3 Kit might be right for you.

The projects outlined in these books all require Lego Mindstorms EV3 parts. Make sure you have all of the required parts before starting a build, as different sets have different components.

March 27, 2019:

The robotics and programming industries are two of the fastest-growing career fields, so it is important to expose children to them at a young age and, hopefully, foster an interest in learning more. That's where these Lego Mindstorm EV3 books can help. They are designed to make it easier for kids to wrap their hear around intimidating subject matter and enjoy themselves at the same time. If your child is just getting started and has never built any contraptions before, you'll want to consider The Lego Mindstroms EV3 Discovery Book, The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Laboratory: Build, Program, and Experiment, and The Art of Lego Mindstorms EV3 Programming. These all start with the basics and build a reader up to more complex projects. The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Idea Book is ideal for someone who has already worked through many of the basic builds and is looking for more creative ways to use their set, but wouldn't yet consider themselves an expert. If you are ready for some serious challenges and want to push the boundaries of what Lego Mindstorms EV3 sets are capable of, then you need Winning Design!: Lego Mindstorms EV3 Design Patterns, which is designed for competition-level builders, and Hacking Your Lego Mindstorms EV3 Kit, which teaches you how to incorporate third-party software and hardware.

4. The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Laboratory: Build, Program, and Experiment

5. The Art of Lego Mindstorms EV3 Programming

6. Classroom Activities for the Busy Teacher: EV3

7. Winning Design!: Lego Mindstorms EV3 Design Patterns

8. Lego EV3 Robotics: A Guide for Educators

9. Hacking Your Lego Mindstorms EV3 Kit

10. Maximum Lego EV3: Building Robots with Java Brains

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