You are Invited – Book Launch: The New Cool

The Program on America and the Global Economy (PAGE) Presents a Book Discussion:

THE NEW COOL: A Visionary Teacher, His FIRST Robotics Team, and the Ultimate Battle of Smarts
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 ~ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center

Neal Bascomb, Author

Commentator:  Mark Hannum, Educator, Thomas Jefferson School For Science and Technology

Moderated by: Kent Hughes, Director, PAGE, Woodrow Wilson Center

When Dean Kamen, a millionaire inventor, realized that most kids couldn’t name a living scientist, he created the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition to encourage high-school students to consider scientific careers.

In The New Cool, Bascomb follows FIRST team 1717, the D’Penguineers, from Goleta, California, during the 2009 season. The team of high-school seniors, all rookie robot builders, is led by Amir Abo-Shaeer, a physics teacher.  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 Kamen, is jumpstarting American innovation for the next generation—and beyond.

Please RSVP acceptances only to or 202-691-4206. A live webcast can be viewed at Directions to the Woodrow Wilson Center can be found at

Posted by: PAGE Staff


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