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The New Cool

ISBN: 9780307588890 | 0307588890
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Crown
Pub. Date: 3/1/2011

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The FIRST robotics competition, started by genius inventor Dean Kamen in hopes of jump-starting American innovation and creating the next generation's version of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, has become a worldwide phenomenon-and regularly spurs students and teachers to accomplishments they never dreamed possible. InThe New Cool,acclaimed author Neal Bascomb follows one ragtag team of high school competitors who are led by a charismatic physics teacher named Amir Abo-Shaeer (Abo-Shaeer is the first high school teacher to win the MacArthur "Genius" Award). In a marathon effort of sixteen-hour days and mind-bending engineering hurdles, the team struggles to build their robot and fight their way toward the national championship. As the season progresses, these ordinary students-thanks in large part to one extraordinary teacher-discover untapped reserves of resourcefulness and strength. The New Coolis not just the story of the FIRST program and what it means for an America struggling to extend its heritage of entrepreneurship and innovation-it also portrays some of our nationrs"s brightest young people as they struggle to overcome challenges both intellectual and emotional, live out the agony and ecstasy of competition, and ultimately achieve more than they ever dreamed.

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