In 2011, we initiated CHED talks (CheeseHead Engineering Discussions) where we invite STEM professionals to share their career experiences & knowledge, including engineering, sensors, & design. We post the videos on YouTube for others to be inspired.
In partnership with the Nobelity Project, we created LEGO Math Kits & working through Med Students without Borders, NobelityProject and WPPC Nepal Foundation, we have sent them to Kenya, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua and Nepal to include more students in the STEM experience. We have also provided them to a Richmond City elementary school in an underserved area. We are "grateful" to LEGO Education and the Hands On Greater Richmond Youth Philanthropy Project for their donations.
This is the second year of our Kiva lending group. We created this group to fund loans to recipients in underserved countries to pay for STEM education tuition and projects. So far, we have funded tuition and projects in Tajikistan, the Dominican Republic, Iraq, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Phillipines, Indonesia, Paraguay, El Salvador, Kenya and Peru. You can see the recipients and join our group here Blue Cheese Kiva Lending Group.
Globally, we continue our innovative Flat Dean & Woodie World Wide (FD&WWW) programs. By sending out FIRST-approved images of Woodie & Dean, we encourage children to celebrate STEM. FIRST fans submit pictures of FD&WWW around the globe to the program's Facebook page; they have traveled from the South Pole to the Hawaiian volcanoes & everywhere in between.
Launched in 2009, our geocaching travel bugs of FD&WWW have traveled over 90,412 miles & counting. Geocaching is a high-tech game of hide & seek with over 6 million players worldwide. Our travel bugs have been across the US and countries around the world including Germany, Czech Rep., Austria, Canada, Portugal, China, New Zealand, Romania, Serbia, Moldova, Albania, Bosnia, Slovakia, & Ireland. Each one explains FIRST & our team. A VA FLL team started after finding one our travel bugs!