Joshua Davis - Spare Parts (College of Marin)

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

College of Marin, Kentfield Library

Other College of Marin ESCOM Lectures:

Melissa Cistaro - Pieces of My Mother

William Petrocelli - The Circle of Thirteen

ESCOM is delighted to partner with Book Passage in bringing a free series of interesting authors to the community. ESCOM, the Emeritus Students College of Marin, is a unique organization of 1500 senior students within the Community Education Department at the College of Marin. The organization fosters lifelong learning through classes, clubs, special events and a reading room. They publish a newsletter of original writing and commentary. ESCOM is sustained by memberships, gifts and bequests. Leadership is through a Council and various committees.

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream is the story of four Latino teenagers, who in 2004, 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 much--but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert to build an underwater robot.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 competition--and yet, against all odds . . . they won!

Joshua Davis is a contributing editor at Wired, and cofounder of Epic magazine. In 2014, he was nominated for a National Magazine Award for feature writing. The movie Spare Parts is based on his reporting. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Parking: Free campus parking for the event.

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Location: 
College of Marin, Kentfield Library
835 College Ave.
Kentfield, CA 94904
Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374534981
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Fsg Originals - December 2nd, 2014

Finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize

New York Times Best Seller

Four undocumented Mexican American students, two great teachers, one robot-building contest . . . and a major motion picture