Out of the Box: Building Robots, Transforming Lives

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Moody Publishers, Jan 1, 2009 - Religion - 176 pages
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In Out of the Box: Building Robots, Transforming Lives, Andrew Williams tells his story of overcoming life’s odds to build robots and impact the lives of six bright and adventurous African American females. Tracing the steps of his journey, Williams takes us from the Kansas ghetto of his childhood to Osaka, Japan, where he led the first all-female team from Spelman College — the Spelbots, to the stage of the RoboCup Tournament. Driven by his belief that God called him to uplift and encourage African American youth, Dr. Andrew Williams proves that seemingly impossible dreams become possible with God. In this book, he challenges the reader through his own faith story to find and pursue their unique calling, even when it does not seem to make sense.
 

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Contents

Foreword
9
Acknowledgments
11
Its Courage That Counts
13
God Dont Make No Junk Even in Junk City
19
Danger Andrew Williams
25
Little Church Near the Prairie
31
Tales of a FifthGrade Elijah
37
Losing My Religion
43
Bringing Good Things to Life
79
Andrew Were Not in Kansas Anymore
93
The Making of a Tentmaker
109
Iowa Epiphanies
119
The Spel Bots Cometh
131
Success Is Never Final
145
From Georgia to Japan
157
The SpelBots 20
167

Higher Learning
53
Recovery Mode
63
Anitra
69
Notes
171
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ANDREW WILLIAMS, author of Out of the Box and founder of the first all-female RoboCup Robot Soccer Team, earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Kansas, his M.S. in electrical engineering at Marquette University, and his B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Kansas. He is currently the Associate Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Andrew is an associate minister at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. He and his wife have three children.

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