Spare Parts


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Dean Kamen Character Analysis

A young inventor who starts the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competitions in order to get kids more interested in science and technology. Cristian, Oscar, Lorenzo, and Luis compete in the FIRST competition in 2005, in which students are meant to build a robot that plays basketball.

Dean Kamen Quotes in Spare Parts

The Spare Parts quotes below are all either spoken by Dean Kamen or refer to Dean Kamen. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition of Spare Parts published in 2014.
One Quotes

I've got to create something that doesn't compete with other science centers; it's got to compete with the World Series and the Super Bowl. I’ve got to find a way to make science and technology cool.

Page Number: 64
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Dean Kamen Character Timeline in Spare Parts

The timeline below shows where the character Dean Kamen appears in Spare Parts. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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In 1989, thirty-eight-year-old inventor Dean Kamen had already had a lucrative career. In his twenties, he invented a self-regulating syringe that... (full context)
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One morning, a rainy Saturday, Kamen sees a big group of children visiting the museum. Kamen stops one of them and... (full context)
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Kamen returns to his office and realizes that children don’t need access to more information; they... (full context)
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A month after the students begin the ROV project, Dean Kamen releases his annual FIRST challenge. Cristian, Oscar, Lorenzo, and Luis are part of a larger... (full context)
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Kamen’s organization sends teams a box of supplies to jump-start their building, including a robot controller.... (full context)