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

The astonishing story of a team of high school seniors and their remarkable mentor, who come together - not to play a sport or exercise their athletic prowess, but 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 jump-starting American innovation for the next generation, and beyond.

What team does Neil work with? Anyone know?


1717 I believe

Neil does not directly work with a team. He and others followed a few teams during the 2009 season, and while mentioned in the book focuses on team 1717’s season.

I can’t wait for the book.

No disrespect to the other teams, but 1717 is the true model of what FRC should be as it continues to expand.

I read the excerpt on his website, this is dam cool. I definitely want this book.

Wow! This looks like a great book! Its definitely on my Christmas list! :smiley:

Looks like an awesome book. Glad to see the potential for spreading FIRST as well. Can’t wait to read it.

Next Christmas?

Haha. I guess it would have to be after seeing the release date. Maybe Einstein’s Birthday! :stuck_out_tongue:

When will this be released?

I’m definitely putting this on my Easter wish list.

Definitely picking a copy up.

As far as I could tell, there is no specific date. Just March 2011.

Defiantly getting this to add to my set of Books that’ll all be read to and from champs!

All the sites provided in the Order Books section say that publication date is March 1st.
I’m definitely going to check this out. Looks like an awesome read.

I read the free sample… Its really good/captured my interest. The beginning goes more in depth to the beginning of FIRST which is really cool to learn about.

You can also pre-order the book from AndyMark at On their product page it says a portion of the proceeds go to FIRST (not sure if it is just them or if all sales have that) and you can help support AndyMark.

I have it preordered with Amazon can’t wait to read this come March 1st (which is what Amazon has mentioned as the release date)
This is the link to Amazon

This is true. For each book sold through AndyMark, we are donating $5 to FIRST.

I am reading an early release of the book now, and it is very impressive.

Andy B.