Neal Bascomb

THE NEW COOL: A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts

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The astonishing story of a team of high school seniors and their remarkable mentor, who come togethernot to play a sport or exercise their athletic prowessbut 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 generationand beyond.

"Gripping...An inspiring homage to the spirit of invention and a geniune sports epic, to boot." --Publishers Weekly

“Fast-paced, absorbing, and suspenseful. It is heartening to know that there are still dedicated teachers like my Miss Riley who take up the challenge of science beneath the American sky.” —Homer Hickam, author of #1 NYT Bestseller Rocket Boys

"Outstanding...Neal Bascomb has penned an indelible portrait of a team on a mission that may ultimately be reckoned one of the defining books of the decade."
Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST

"Gripping. The New Cool is a tale of triumph both in and outside the classroom. It gives me hope for the future of education." —Erin Gruwell, author of #1 NYT Bestseller Freedom Writer's Diary
An Interview with Neal Bascomb and Amir Abo-Shaeer, MacArthur Genius Award Winner and the Focus of The New Cool.