The Movie”Spare Parts”

Four undocumented Latino kids from the poor neighbourhoods of Phoenix entered the national underwater robotics competition with a remote operated vehicle (“ROV”) made from off-the-shelf components, including PVC pipe for the frame, and beat the best colleges in the nation, including MIT.

There are a few things in the movie that didn’t happen in reality. For starters, there were two teachers called Allen Cameron and Fredi Lajvardi that were cast as one person called Fredi Cameron. Another thing was that there is no evidence of the fights and that Louis and Lorenzo had to protect Cristian from bullies at the school. These were added for dramatic effect.  Another thing I found surprising was that Lorenzo really did ask the teachers if they could go to Hooters if they won. When the announcement was made that Carl Hayden High School had won the competition, the first thing that one of the teachers said to Lorenzo was that he should not mention Hooters when they got up on the stage.

The ROV that the main characters made was influenced by the materials that they used. We can see that in the movie multiple times when they meet new problems to overcome while using different unique solutions. The ROV was made from off-the-shelf components, including PVC pipe for the frame and a budget of under 800$. Whilst MIT who had a much bigger budget of  18 000$.

Robots can be extremely useful in the modern day society that we live in today.  Most robots today are used to do repetitive actions or jobs considered too dangerous for humans. A robot is ideal for going into a building that has a possible bomb. Robots are also used in factories to build things like cars, candy bars, and electronics. Nowadays we see jobs being taken over by robots making it extremely difficult to get jobs.

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