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No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much—but two inspiring science teachers 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 enter a prestigious robotics competition. And build a robot they did. With limited resources and ingenuity in high supply, these four Phoenix teenagers built their robot out of scavenged parts and against all odds, won the competition against the likes of MIT students.

Joshua Davis’s 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.

Meet the author on Monday, March 18 @ 6:30!


About the Author

Joshua Davis is the co-founder of Epic Magazine and has been a contributing editor at Wired for a decade. He has written for The New Yorker, GQ, Outside, Mens Journal, Mens Health, Maxim and Food & Wine. He was a finalist for the 2014 National Magazine Award in feature writing and
his work is anthologized in the 2012 edition of “The Best American Science and Nature Writing,” as well as the 2006, 2007 and 2009 editions of “The Best Technology Writing.”

In 2014, Farrar Strauss Giroux published his third book, Spare Parts; the book was named one of the best new books by Amazon and the BBC. The film version was released by Lionsgate in 2015.

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