Spare Parts

Spare Parts, the movie is based on a true story about a group of Latino high school students working together to build a robot to compete in a robotics at University of California. Their struggles were exasperated by the fact that that all four boys were undocumented immigrants, had little support from their high school, and had to compete against much larger colleges (MIT, Cornell, and Virginia Tech). For instance, they only had a budget of $1000 for materials to build their robot in comparison to MIT which had received a grant of $10000. At the competition, the robot they had built clearly and expectedly could not stand to compete with the likes of other schools but even still they were able to put up a respectable showing and were able to win first place in the explorer (beginner) round. The movie’s main point is that even at a disadvantage, determination can accomplish great feats.

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