“The New Cool” – All About Setting Up a US FIRST Robotics Team


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 jumpstarting American innovation for the next generation—and beyond.

You can find the book’s web site here.

“Gripping…An inspiring homage to the spirit of invention and a geniune sports epic, to boot.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fast-paced, absorbing, and suspenseful. It is heartening to know that there are still dedicated teachers like my Miss Riley who take up the challenge of science beneath the American sky.” —Homer Hickam, author of #1 NYT Bestseller Rocket Boys

“Outstanding…Neal Bascomb has penned an indelible portrait of a team on a mission that may ultimately be reckoned one of the defining books of the decade.”
—Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST

“Gripping. The New Cool is a tale of triumph both in and outside the classroom. It gives me hope for the future of education.” —Erin Gruwell, author of #1 NYT Bestseller Freedom Writer’s Diary