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New Cool : A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts,9780307588890

New Cool : A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts

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9780307588890

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0307588890
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Pub. Date:
3/1/2011
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Crown
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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.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personaep. xi
Time Linep. xiii
Prologuep. 1
The Kickoffp. 5
Strategyp. 26
Week One: 43 Days Until Robot Shipp. 49
Week Two: 36 Days Until Robot Shipp. 70
The Competition: The ThunderChickens, Team 217p. 91
Week Three: 29 Days Until Robot Shipp. 97
Week Four: 22 Days Until Robot Shipp. 118
The Competition: 2Train Robotics, Team 395p. 135
Week Five: 15 Days Until Robot Shipp. 143
Week Six: 8 Days Until Robot Shipp. 165
96 Hours Until Shipp. 178
Los Angeles Regional Competition: Long Beach Arena, March 12-14, Part Ip. 194
Los Angeles Regional Competition: Long Beach Arena, March 12-14, Part IIp. 209
The Competition: Heroes of Tomorrow, Team 67p. 233
Sacramento Regional Competition: The Pavilion, University of California, Davis, March 26-28, Part Ip. 238
Sacramento Regional Competition: The Pavilion, University of California, Davis, March 26-28, Part IIp. 251
First Championship: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, April 16-18, Part Ip. 271
First Championship: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, April 16-18, Part IIp. 290
Epiloguep. 317
Notesp. 327
Game Glossaryp. 331
Acknowledgmentsp. 335
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