Amir Abo-Shaeer's successful combination includes founding a growing engineering academy and inspiring motivated, robot-building students. He is the first high school teacher to win a MacArthur Foundation 'genius' grant.
Reporting from Goleta, Calif. -- It was lunch hour and hundreds of Dos Pueblos High School students surged onto the bleachers at the school's outdoor Greek Theater. The crowd was cheering, the music was thumping and a student-built robot named Penguinbot IV was wheeling and pivoting, sucking up dozens of lightweight balls and shooting them at the young athletes who had ventured onstage.
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