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

Spare Parts Four Undocumented Teenagers One Ugly Robot and the Battle for the American Dream Four undocumented Mexican American students two great teachers one robot building contestd a major motion picture In four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education R

  • Title: Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream
  • Author: Joshua Davis
  • ISBN: 9780374183370
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Four undocumented Mexican American students, two great teachers, one robot building contestd a major motion picture In 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 hiFour undocumented Mexican American students, two great teachers, one robot building contestd a major motion picture In 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 much but 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 competition and yet, against all odds they won But this is just the beginning for these four, whose story which became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement will go on to include first generation college graduations, deportation, bean picking in Mexico, and service in Afghanistan Joshua Davis 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 country even as the country tried to kick them out.

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    1. Onvan : Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream - Nevisande : Joshua Davis - ISBN : 374183376 - ISBN13 : 9780374183370 - Dar 240 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2014

    2. Speaking as a kid who did the same robotics contests at more or less the same time (FIRST 2002-2004, MATE 2005), Spare Parts is the real deal. They were four kids born in Mexico and living in the bad part of Phoenix, undocumented immigrants with one shot at glory. Oscar was ROTC, a born leader. Lorenzo torn between flashy style and even flashier outbursts of anger. Cristian was a natural scientist and inventor. Luis a gentle giant. Together with two talented and dedicated teachers, they made an [...]

    3. Back in their dorm room, Fredi and Allan were worried. The robot wasn’t working, and the kids were scheduled to go in front of the NASA and Navy experts within hours. Stinky was turning out to be a failure from the outset. The kids felt defeated before the competition had even begun. Oscar wasn’t ready to give up. “Let’s take it apart now,” he argued. “We can fix it.” Fredi didn’t want the kids preoccupied when they presented themselves to the experts. They had to be mentally rea [...]

    4. Este libro fue una verdadera sorpresa. Me lo topé de casualidad en Sanborns y después de haber leído la sinopsis supe que debía leerlo, la verdad es que no me arrepiento. Se nos cuenta la historia real de cuatro chicos, inmigrantes mexicanos, cada uno con familias y motivos tan diversos para irse a los Estados Unidos. Al inicio del libro se nos va contando la vida de cada uno de ellos para que los conozcamos más y podamos hacernos una idea del por qué terminan junts en un curso de robótic [...]

    5. Now a major motion picture starring George Lopez - my husband got to go to the movie premiere and met the boys, now men, in this story. It is the tale of how these HS students, only one of whom had legal status, were able to build an underwater robot and beat college teams, including MIT, in a NASA sponsored competition. And if you wonder why people "don't just come here legally", all you need to do is see what happened to Oscar when he tried to do just that. (I don't usually voice politics on s [...]

    6. This was an enjoyable book based on the true-story of how 4 high-schoolers at Carl Hayden Community High school in Phoenix unseated some of the top collegiate engineering teams at a national underwater robotics competition. At its core is the well worn, root for the underdog storyline. But this time the protagonists are 4 underprivileged, Hispanic high-schoolers who beyond all odds, form a robotics team, enter a national marine-robotics competition, scrape together a small budget, put together t [...]

    7. On one level this book chronicles the achievements of 4 teenage boys, illegally brought to the States by their families, who, inspired by a teacher in their poor high school, built a robot and won a national robotics competition, sponsored by NASA, beating university teams, including one from MIT. A great story, inspirational, made into a movie in 2015. (Haven't seen the movie, but according to the book, it's got a Hollywood ending.) Their real stories haven't ended as happily. When the book was [...]

    8. I heard about this book in a great review by the Washington Post. The book is excellent. I was amazed by the intelligence, ingenuity, energy, hopefulness, positive outlook and commitment of four young illegal immigrants and their two dedicated teachers. But this is far from just a light-hearted “feel-good” story of underdogs winning a competition.The book is substantive in capturing the story of young people living in the U.S. illegally because they were brought here as children. The story c [...]

    9. Like Stinky, their extraordinary underwater robot, the four undocumented high schoolers Oscar, Cristian, Luis, and Lorenzo are made of spare parts--more specifically, Mexican and American "spare" identities that had been pieced together and then regarded as "nothing but junk." But like so many Dreamers, whose lives now hang in the balance with the suspension of DACA, looks can be deceiving. These would-be engineers--underwater robotics engineers living in the middle of the Arizona desert--tackle [...]

    10. I cried while reading this book It's one thing to have a kickass story of four lower income high school students beating college students (including some from MIT) at a robotics competition. It's another to continue the story and show what happens when the four students (all from Mexico, none of them citizens, two of them in the country illegally) cannot continue with their success and, in most cases, do not get four year college degrees. My tears occurred when the students were praised for thei [...]

    11. I saw the documentary Spare Parts and the feature film La Vida Robot. Which means I already knew most of the plot. I enjoyed reading the book for the extra detail. Both on the characters and the build. I also liked seeing how the FRC (FIRST Robotics Challenge) competition fit into the season.The book has a good bit more "after the competition" than either movie. Along with more detail about the implications about being in the country illegally.

    12. Spare Parts wasn’t even on my radar until I recently received an email from that it was on sale and I might be interested. I have to say , you were right. Now, if you have followed my blog for a while you know that I rarely read Nonfiction but for whatever reason I wanted to read this and I’m so glad that I did. This book was inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time.About Spare PartsIt follows the story of Oscar, Lorenzo, Cristian and Luis. They were all born in Mexico but immigrated to [...]

    13. Can you imagine four high school students building an underwater robot called Stinky that cost less than $1,000 and putting it in a national robotics competition, sponsored partially by NASA and going up against a college team from MIT who spent about $10,000? That’s exactly what four Mexican-American teenagers did in 2004 from Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Three of the four boys were undocumented and had come to live in America as children. Joshua Davis is the journal [...]

    14. This is the true story of four high school students who are in the US illegally. They build an underwater ROV robot and win a national championship, beating top notch teams from places like MIT. It is also the story of their lives, hardships and what it is like as an illegal immigrant in this country. This book made me emotional. I grew up in Glendale, a close neighborhood of west Phoenix. I know exactly where Carl Hayden High School isI know that neighborhood and I've met and know a lot about t [...]

    15. Fascinating read. I always love stories of people discovering their own unexpected talents. Apparently the movie version ends at the Disney style good ending. While it was depressing, I'm glad to have read the book, and learned what has really happened so far with these great kids. Our country, our politics, our Xenophobia, have really done them and us such a disservice. It's shameful. Great book about teachers too, though.

    16. I recommended that V give this book to the middle school students he tutors. It's a great story written at that level. The message this book has about the short-sightedness of our immigration laws is one that should be heard. Giving a real face to the politics of that topic makes an interesting read. That being said, I liked Davis' message more than his writing.

    17. This is my favorite kind of non-fiction - a look at ordinary people doing something interesting, written in an engaging way. I appreciated that the author balances his "feel good" story with the awkward parts. There is some great insight here, particularly into the issues of immigration, education, and the role of ingenuity vs money.

    18. Probably 4 1/2 stars. Spare Parts is both a feel-good, root-for-the-underdogs story and an important treatise on the need for immigration reform. I couldn't stop thinking or talking about this one all the time I was listening to it.

    19. Four Latino teens, three who are undocumented, take on the improbable task of building an underwater robot to compete against the top engineering high schools and colleges in the country. Their story is an inspiration and, at times, laugh out loud funny. Their persistence and ingenuity put American's anti-immigration rhetoric to the test, revealing a truism: hard work and creativity will never make one as deserving as wealth and chance in this country. Despite the inequities they face, these stu [...]

    20. Worth the time to read. Already somewhat dated but always amazing how genius can be found despite many disadvantages.

    21. *******WARNING: THIS POST HAS SPOILERS, AND ALSO EXTENDED RANTS.*****AMAZING. TREMENDOUS. INSPIRING. HEARTBREAKING. I could go on like this for a while. I wish I could give more than five stars. I love this story! I kept saying to my son as I read it that it should be a movie, only to find at the end that it IS being done. I'll be first in line to see it if possible! I guess this touches on so many of my favorite things. It's an underdog story. A science story. A creativity story. An immigration [...]

    22. The heart of the story is interesting, but this book reads like a magazine article or blog post that was stretched out to 200 pages. It was a fast read, but mainly because it's written in that journalistic style that caters to a lower level of reading comprehension. Oscar, Luis, Lorenzo, and Cristian were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents when they were young children. Despite language barriers, poverty, and the pull towards the drug and gang culture, these bright young men are draw [...]

    23. In 2004, four impoverished Mexican American teens from west Phoenix, three of them in the country illegally, formed their school's robotics club. With the help of two adult mentors, they created a jury-rigged robot out of borrowed and spare parts, for an underwater ROV contest in Santa Barbara, sponsored by NASA. Although they had problems from day one, in the end they surpassed everyone's expectations, and even surpassed at team from MIT. I loved the description of how they put the robot togeth [...]

    24. Spare Parts by Joshua Davis, the reason I chose this book since I've already seen the movie I decided to read the book to see the differences between each other, if I enjoyed the movie than I would have liked the book better. Spare Parts is about four boys named Oscar, Lorenzo, Cristian and Luis that were born in Mexico but were raised in Phoenix, Arizona with a fear of being deported. The school they went to had two teachers who believed that the four boys needed something in their lives that's [...]

    25. Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream is the inspiring story of four mismatched high school students: one ROTC overachiever, one brainiac, and two flounderers, who find purpose in a NASA sponsored marine robotics competition. The story of the four boys beating MIT, in itself, is a noteworthy David and Goliath tale. Davis's account of the political climate in Arizona in the first decade of this century makes the tale all the more compellin [...]

    26. I enjoyed this one a lot. Both uplifting & frustrating, it is the story of a group of undocumented Mexican kids who get on a high school robotics team in Phoenix and who travel to California for a competition in 2004. Arizona at this time was a hotbed of anti-immigration zealots who were shouting from the rooftops about building a wall on the border & deport everyone who wasn't a citizen. Like these kids. I'm not going to spoil the story if you don't know about it but it is a very underd [...]

    27. I love stories about people who overcome odds to do something extraordinary. This is definitely one of those. Four high school boys, Mexicans living in the U.S. illegally, join a robotics club at a school in Arizona. Though very different in personalities and family lives, they form a team and enter a contest to build a remote controlled marine robot. With only about $1000.00 they must build a working robot that will compete with college students from MIT and other highly funded schools.It isn't [...]

    28. Poignant storyThe story of these boys is both heartwarming and heartbreaking .The characters are well fleshed out.Their intelligence and drive to be accepted as Americans is a sharp contrast to the LA Raza Hispanics who do not seem to want to truly become Americans.It was wonderful the support they got from certain companies and individuals.The 2 teachers who sponsored the team gave so much of themselves to these young men.The hardships they went through after graduating from high school were so [...]

    29. Una historia muy inspiradora y no solo porque se trate de robótica, yo creo que todos los estudiantes deberían leerla, algunos se identificarán y a otros con suerte les llegará una buena pedrada.Me encantó la historia, me hizo reir, frustrarme y sorprenderme. Definitivamennte, los verdaderos heroes no salen en las películas de marvel ;) PD. A quien no le guste leer, la peli ya casi sale, se llama Spare Parts ;) y a quien si, vaya por el libro antes de que se estrene la peli, lo venden en S [...]

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