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New Book Features Local Engineering Program

New Book Features Local Engineering Program

Source: DPHS Engineering

After much anticipation, students at Dos Pueblos High School as well as members of the FIRST Robotics community eagerly await the coming of New York Times Bestselling Author Neil Bascomb's book, The New Cool.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 that aims to encourage student interest in scientific and technical fields. Each year, teams of students have six weeks to design and manufacture a robot to compete in an international competition held by FIRST.

In 2009, Bascomb and local editor/writer Mike Traphagen followed the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy's (DPEA) Team 1717 through its FIRST Robotics Season and chronicled its hectic journey from sleepless nights in the classroom to the final competitions at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The New Cool isn't your ordinary diary of a FIRST Robotics team.

It is the view of the FIRST Robotics Competition from the fifty-yard line, emphasizing the teamwork and competitive nature of the program. Due to The New Cool release, DPEA Director Mr. Amir Abo-Shaeer has been invited to attend various speaking engagements to discuss his engineering program and particularly to spread his vision of more project-based learning in schools. A professor at University of Chicago describing The New Cool states, "Neal Bascomb distills a scientific quest into an adventure that reads with all the thrill, passion, and human drama behind a storied run for the Super Bowl."

The New Cool will be available in stores and online on March 1, 2011.

Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy:

Dos Pueblos High School (DPHS), in collaboration with Santa Barbara County Education Office Regional Occupation Program (ROP), determined that our community would benefit from the presence of an engineering program designed for students at the secondary level. The DPEA offered its initial course during the 2002-2003 academic school year with the introduction of Engineering 1 and Computer Science 1. During the 2005-2006 school year, the capstone senior-level ROP Robotics course was added, supported by the Santa Barbara County Education Office .The Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy has a broad base of community support, including UCSB, Santa Barbara City College, and local industry partners. The DPEA is a public school program, operating on campus at Dos Pueblos High School. Dos Pueblos High School is located at 7266 Alameda, Goleta, CA. http://www.dpengineering.org

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