Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream

By | February 12, 2020
Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream Author Joshua Davis
ISBN-10 0374534985
ISBN-13 9780374534981
Year 2014-12-02
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher FSG Originals
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Finalist for the J Anthony Lukas Book PrizeFour undocumented Mexican American students two great teachers one robot building contest and a major motion pictureIn 2004 four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California Santa Barbara They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix Arizona where they attended an underfunded public high school No one had ever suggested to Oscar Cristian Luis or Lorenzo that they might amount to muchbut two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot And build a robot they did Their robot wasn t pretty especially compared to those of the competition They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country including a team from MIT backed by a 10 000 grant from ExxonMobil The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than 1 000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts This was never a level competitionand yet against all odds they won But this is just the beginning for these four whose storywhich became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movementwill go on to include first generation college graduations deportation bean picking in Mexico and service in Afghanistan Joshua Davis s Spare Parts is a story about overcoming insurmountable odds and four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this countryeven as the country tried to kick them out

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