The first half of the book was tedious, too much high school drama on the nuts and bolts of building the robot. The second half of the book dealt with the actual competitions. I would rate this an average read. High school kids or those dealing with this age group will enjoy this book, others not so much.
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Over the last few years I have been getting into electronics, micro-controlers, and robotics and in 2010 my wife and I were able to catch the very end of the FIRST championship at the Georgia Dome. We didn’t really get to see much and what I saw didn’t make a lot of sense to me, after listening to this book it does now.
This book is the story of a school in California and its FIRST robotics team made up of rookie high-school seniors competing in the annual FIRST competition. If you don’t know about FIRST check it out
I really like the mission statement of FIRST found on the web site:
"Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership."
I hope that stories like the ones told in this book are being repeated all over the country and that by reading this book will encourage more people to get involved. I hope that I can work in time to volunteer for some FIRST activities this year even if it is just a couple hours taking pictures or helping to setup.
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I truly enjoyed this book. One of the best stories I've read in a long time ... and it's all true. From the announcement of the 2009 challenge through the climax of the season, you are with team 1717 every step of the way. You share all of the victories, defeats, mistakes, and breakthroughs. I don't know if FIRST will ever displace high school football and basketball, but with energy like this, it could make as place of its own in our schools.
The book is fast paced and engaging, and the narration captures the excitement and enthusiasm unique to high school students.