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The New Cool - A Visionary Teacher, His First Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts-logo

The New Cool - A Visionary Teacher, His First Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts

Neal Bascomb

That Monday afternoon, in high-school gyms across America, kids were battling for the only glory American culture seems to want to dispense to the young these days: sports glory. But at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, in a gear-cluttered classroom, a different type of "cool" was brewing. A physics teacher with a dream - the first public high-school teacher ever to win a MacArthur Genius Award -- had rounded up a band of high-I.Q. students who wanted to put their technical know-how to work. If you asked these brainiacs what the stakes were that first week of their project, they'd have told you it was all about winning a robotics competition - building the ultimate robot and prevailing in a machine-to-machine contest in front of 25,000 screaming fans at Atlanta's Georgia Dome. 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. But befo

That Monday afternoon, in high-school gyms across America, kids were battling for the only glory American culture seems to want to dispense to the young these days: sports glory. But at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, in a gear-cluttered classroom, a different type of "cool" was brewing. A physics teacher with a dream - the first public high-school teacher ever to win a MacArthur Genius Award -- had rounded up a band of high-I.Q. students who wanted to put their technical know-how to work. If you asked these brainiacs what the stakes were that first week of their project, they'd have told you it was all about winning a robotics competition - building the ultimate robot and prevailing in a machine-to-machine contest in front of 25,000 screaming fans at Atlanta's Georgia Dome. 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. But befo
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That Monday afternoon, in high-school gyms across America, kids were battling for the only glory American culture seems to want to dispense to the young these days: sports glory. But at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California, in a gear-cluttered classroom, a different type of "cool" was brewing. A physics teacher with a dream - the first public high-school teacher ever to win a MacArthur Genius Award -- had rounded up a band of high-I.Q. students who wanted to put their technical know-how to work. If you asked these brainiacs what the stakes were that first week of their project, they'd have told you it was all about winning a robotics competition - building the ultimate robot and prevailing in a machine-to-machine contest in front of 25,000 screaming fans at Atlanta's Georgia Dome. 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. But befo

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kirby Heyborne

Length:

11h 23m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:27


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:38


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:05


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:46


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:28


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:05


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:59


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:35


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:04


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:42


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:55


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:23


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:48


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:00


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:08


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:41


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:30


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:43


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:29


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:33


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:33


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:35


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:23


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:04


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:41


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:09


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:31


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:48


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:43


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:27


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:13


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:52


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:57


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:30


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:57


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:08


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:59


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:19


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:47


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:55


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

06:49


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

06:17


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:51


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:09


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:11


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:46


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:14


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:12


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:55


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

07:37


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:55


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:43


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:56


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:20


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:54


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:47


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:03


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

06:20


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:15


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:53


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:16


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:47


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

07:33


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

08:38


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:45


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:50


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

07:20


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:40


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:45


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:35


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

07:34


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:56


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:36


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

07:37


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

05:08


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:40


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

02:34


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

00:29