Publishing on March 1, 2011, The New Cool: A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts by Neal Bascomb is the astonishing story of a team of high school seniors and their remarkable mentor and teacher Amir Abo-Shaeer, who come together—not to play a sport or exercise their athletic prowess—but rather to build a machine that will battle in the most heated, sophisticated robotics contest in the world. The FIRST competition, sponsored by genius inventor Dean Kamen, is jumpstarting American innovation for the next generation—and beyond.
The New Cool would make a great faculty read and can help teachers learn to get their students excited about technology and science—a seemingly daunting task that Bascomb brings much-needed aid to.
And who says technology can’t be cool? Earlier this month Kamen and will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas launched the FIRST Robotics Competition 20th anniversary season with the Kickoff of a new robotics team called “LOGO MOTION.”