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The New Cool: A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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The New Cool details Amir and his rookie team in the FIRST Robotics competition Lunacy. Lunacy presented the team with several difficult obstacles which they needed to engineer reliable and efficient solutions to overcome. The change in the field base and the obscurely shaped game pieces were just two of the obstacles that teams were faced with.
Having competed in Lunacy, I can attest that it was one of the more difficult games FIRST has presented to teams. It changed many commonly known variables in the game and made designing an effective robot incredibly difficult. It was exciting to see the solutions that Amir and his team were able to both think of and implement, as they demonstrated both the creativity and drive of the team.
This novel, even for nontechnical people, presents an inspiring account of a remarkable group of students and their mentor. It's a great read that gives me reassurance that our future engineers and scientist will be able to take care of us.
This book highlights the societal importance of inspiring the next generation of engineers and scientists and shows how dedicated, passionate educators can make a long-lasting impact on our advancement. It is comforting to know that there are teachers and students out there like those represented in this book. They are "cool" to me.
To top it off, it was really exciting and fun to read. Like all of Neal Bascomb's books, he makes the story alive, suspenseful, educational, and ultimately very enjoyable.
I think the book could have used a glossary of the technical words (like potentiometer) and not just the FIRST game words. If someone hasn't been exposed to the word before, it is easy to forget what "pot" stands for let alone what potentiometer means. I would have loved to see some pictures in the book. The only picture I saw was in the glossary - of the game field. Sharing this and including a picture of the environment would make it easier to visualize. Same for the Championship; it's hard to picture the scale for someone not involved with FIRST. I've described both a regional and robot to people and then they come and are shocked at how large everything is. I've never been to a Championship, but I'm sure I can't imagine that.
My only other complaint, is one I had about a math movie many years ago. By focusing on an extreme case, it makes it look like FIRST Robotics Competition is almost unattainable without working overnight and pushing to the physical breaking point. This is unhealthy and not something people thinking of starting a team should be worried about. Many teams do just fine without overnight sessions.
Overall, I did enjoy the book and think it is a great story.
Also this book, for what I have read, has been very well written and I can see it being a good read for those that do not know what FIRST is about but also makes a connection to those who have been involved with FIRST. What I like about this book even more is that it goes over the 2009 season which was also my senior year in high school and my last year of involvement as a student in FRC.
I have not wanted to set it down but I have had to to get some sleep and to read the other not so fun books for my classes.
If you haven't gotten it yet, GET IT! Granted I don't know how it ends but if its at all like the beginning it will be a great read and end fantastic with you jumping out of your seat thinking that you just were involved with what the book is all about.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is more of a novel. Rack N Roll and Aim High are much, much better for ideas for your FIRST Robotics team.Published 5 months ago by Brian
A fantastic book which really sumarizes first build season. Still it makes me even more sad when I think about how a team as inspirational 1717 has been shut down, not because of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing story and I am quite in awe of what these kids were able to achieve. A lesson for us all.Published 23 months ago by Mr. S. Kenny
Working for a FRC team for going on for years now. I think this book really captures what it's like to be a part of a struggle that leads to the creation of a robot and then... Read morePublished 24 months ago by John Robertson
I'm a mentor for a second year FRC team. Love the book. Bring back good memories of the championship I just went to this year.Published on May 26, 2014 by K lam
Neal Bascomb’s The New Cool is a rush of mechanical prowess and the exhilaration of competition.Through most of the story you are following the robotics team D’Penguineers from Dos... Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Jabbadnut
This is a subject that is very close to my heart. My daughter is on her Robotics Team at school. The New Cool really captures the excitement and challenges of a very hard working... Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by J. Bradshaw
This book is very inspiring for FIRST Robotics Teams - It inspired our team to get it in gear and step up our goals.Published on March 19, 2014 by Lisa McCurdy