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

Davis, Joshua, 1974- Book - 2014 Adult Book / Nonfiction / Technology & Engineering / Davis, Joshua 1 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 3.6 out of 5

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Call Number: Adult Book / Nonfiction / Technology & Engineering / Davis, Joshua
On Shelf At: Traverwood Branch

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Relates how four undocumented Mexican immigrants in Arizona put together an underwater robot from scavenged parts and went on to win the National Underwater Robotics Competition at UC Santa Barbara.

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inspiring and frustrating submitted by camelsamba on August 1, 2017, 8:29pm This was the UMich Engineering Reads book for fall 2016. I wish some students who read and discussed it in that context would write reviews. I would love to know what they learned from it and from one another.

The book blends “the story of how a rag-tag band of students in under-resourced public school came up with inexpensive solutions to an underwater robotics challenge” with insights into how families on the front lines of immigration battles live every day. There are too many details to go into with a short review, but it is frustrating to see how people who try to do everything right (e.g. one young man and his ‘self-deportation') still get screwed by our system. I was impressed by their ingenuity and frustrated by the obstacles that were put up in their way at so many junctures.

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PUBLISHED
New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2014.
Year Published: 2014
Description: xii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780374183370
0374183376
9780374534981
0374534985

SUBJECTS
Robotics -- Competitions.
Remote submersibles -- Competitions.
Mexican American boys -- Education.
Mexican Americans -- Economic conditions.
Phoenix (Ariz.) -- Social life and customs.