Lego Mindstorms Basketball Robot

This week’s project was a Lego Mindstorms EV3 Basketball Robot. The goal was to make a robot that demonstrates good defensive stance and movement using the IR sensor to detect when the ball comes near.

Basketball Robot Video

See the video below to see the robot in action. We had to get a little creative to find an offensive player that was similar in size. Scroll further down to find the build instructions and software.

This is our second robot we have made as a family using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Home Edition. This is follow-on project to our very popular LEGO Mindstorms Dancing Robot project. One of the things we love about the LEGO Mindstorms kit is that it is so easy to find great instructions for projects online, and it is also easy to share instructions and software with others. The real challenge to make the project truly shareable is to resist using any other LEGO components outside of the original set.

For more Lego Mindstorms Project ideas, check out our LEGO Mindstorms Music Box, our Speedcuber Alarm Clock, our LEGO Mindstorms Dancing Robot, the Mindstorms Booby Trap, or our list of Our Favorite Lego Mindstorms EV3 Projects.

Basketball Robot Build Instructions and Software

The Basketball Robot full build instructions can be downloaded through the link below:

Basketball Robot Build Instructions

The basic software example used in the above video is available for download here:

I highly encourage you to dig into the software and come up with new ways to make the robot move and react. This software is very simple and is just to get you started. It is the software used by the robot in the video.

If you build the Basketball Robot or any other robots from our site, send us a link. We’d love to see what you’ve made and share your video on our Facebook page.

To see more of our favorite Lego Mindstorms EV3 projects from around the web, go here. For more great EV3 projects, check out the videos below.

LEGO Mindstorms Music Box

LEGO Minstorms Dancing Robot

Rubik’s Cube Alarm Clock

LEGO Mindstorms Booby Trap (Inspired by Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark opening scene)

Our Favorite LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Projects

I hope you enjoy this project. Please share your results with us if you try to build one of our robots!



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