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But for their mentor, Amir Abo-Shaeer, much more hung in the balance.
The fact was, Amir had in mind a different vision for education, one based not on rote learning - on absorbing facts and figures - but on active creation. In his mind’s eye, he saw an even more robust academy within Dos Pueblos that would make science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) cool again, and he knew he was poised on the edge of making that dream a reality. All he needed to get the necessary funding was one flashy win - a triumph that would firmly put his Engineering Academy at Dos Pueblos on the map. He imagined that one day there would be a nation filled with such academies, and a new popular veneration for STEM - a “new cool” - that would return America to its former innovative glory.
It was a dream shared by Dean Kamen, a modern-day inventing wizard - often-called “the Edison of his time” - who’d concocted the very same FIRST Robotics Competition that had lured the kids at Dos Pueblos. Kamen had created FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) nearly twenty years prior. And now, with a participant alumni base approaching a million strong, he felt that awareness was about to hit critical mass.
In The New Cool, Neal Bascomb manages to make even those who know little about - or are vaguely suspicious of - technology care passionately about a team of kids questing after a different kind of glory. In these kids’ heartaches and headaches - and yes, high-five triumphs - we glimpse the path not just to a new way of educating our youth but of honoring the crucial skills a society needs to prosper. A new cool.
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By Mr. on 02-12-12
High school drama...too much
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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