“Earlier this month, College Chef’s was the proud sponsor of Chef Feaster’s Jr. FIRST Lego League team. […] The program, hosted locally by the Kaleidoscope Discovery Center, is an international program of the pioneering engineering firm FIRST, inventors of the Segway and countless other innovative products. […] Jr. FIRST Lego League is an unprecedented program, encouraging effective team building and great engineering skills, as well as keeping imaginations active with the eternally fun classic toy, Legos. The Creeper Creeper Spider Jockeys [Chef Feaster’s team] had a wonderful season and can’t wait for next year. Thank you College Chefs!”
Scroll through the following pictures to check out the fun times the team had and read a great Q&A with Chef Feaster himself at the bottom of the page.
Could you please describe the youth educational event?
Earlier this month, College Chef’s was the proud sponsor of Chef Feaster’s Jr. FIRST Lego League team. The creatively named team, Team “Creeper Creeper Spider Jockey” of the minecraft theme, was coached by Head Chef Chris Feaster and his wife, Maggie, and consisted of 6 children from their neighborhood, including their three children, ages 9, 8 and 5, as well as an 11 year old assistant coach, also the son of a College Chef’s Employee! The program, hosted locally by the Kaleidoscope Discovery Center, is an international program of the pioneering engineering firm FIRST, inventors of the Segway and countless other innovative products. Jr. FIRST LEGO League’s positive impact on participants is gratifying and well documented. Over 88% are more interested in doing well in school, and 87% have more interest in attending college.
What was your son’s participation in the event?
Jr. First Lego League is for kindergarteners through third graders, and is a precursor to increasingly advanced robotics programs for middle and high school students. At this “Jr.” level, it isn’t competitive, but the teams do go before judges and answer questions about the model they built and poster board they made. This year’s theme was “waste wise”, and the teammates learned about recycling, visited a recycling center, recycled their own paper for their poster board, and built a lego recycling center, complete with the required motorized part and simple machine! The team was confident and quirky as they stood before the judge, and was awarded “team with the most explosive ideas”. We couldn’t be more proud!
What was College Chefs’ relationship to the event?
Each first-year team is charged with finding a sponsor to cover the cost of the one-time purchase of the Lego® Kit which costs $250 including shipping. Now the kit is purchased it will be used by this team to complete the challenge and when the team ages out of the Jr. FLL level at fourth grade, the Lego® Kit that College Chefs’ donated will be given to support a new team in your community. This year there were almost 100 students participating, and each of these children received a t-shirt proudly displaying the names of the sponsors on the back, including College Chefs. College Chefs sponsorship will be impactful for a minimum of five years and likely many more.
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