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The true story of four underdogs from the mean streets of Phoenix and how they took on the best from MIT in the National Underwater Robotics Championship.

The story that inspired the major motion picture produced by George Lopez, directed by Sean McNamara and starring Marissa Tomei, Jamie Lee Curtis, Steven Michael Quezada and George Lopez, La Vida Robot is an underdog story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who form a robotics team. With $800, used car parts and a dream, they build an underwater robot that wins the national robotics competition, taking down reigning champion MIT.

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2014: Spare Parts is the fantastic story of four Mexican-American teenagers struggling to find their place. An unlikely robotics competition becomes the focus of the narrative, but the story covers a lot of ground. By describing how these teens came together, author Joshua Davis gives us a succinct history of immigration and a micro-lesson in Arizona politics. It all leads to the a scene in a pool in Santa Barbara, CA—with each team member realizing how they fit on the team, and in their adopted homeland. – Amy Huff

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In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at a national underwater robotics championship at
the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Oscar, Lorenzo, Cristian, and Luis were all born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix,
Arizona, where they grew up in constant fear of deportation. Their high school―
hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, no pool, little money to spare, and more than
80 percent of students below the poverty line―was the last place you'd expect to find
kids building an underwater robot. But two bighearted teachers believed that four unusual
students―a disciplined ROTC cadet, a rebellious would-be gang member, a brainy nerd,
and a quiet towering giant―needed something different in their lives.

Their robot, which they dubbed Stinky, wasn't much to look at, especially
compared to the competition. They were up against some of the best student 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, donations from bemused strangers, and, when Stinky sprang a leak just
moments before the competition, a handful of tampons.

But this contest is just the beginning for these four young men, whose story
takes us from the unpaved roads of West Phoenix to the halls of Congress and from the
battlefields of Afghanistan to vigilante-style murders in the American Southwest. It is a
story whose impact is still being felt today. It is the story of a fight for the new American
Dream.

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