Foody 500 Gets Wheels at The Learning Center!


The term “fast food” took on a new meaning at The Learning Center! Charter School.  On  the evening of March 5, eighteen student, parent and staff teams competed in the first annual Foody 500 in the school’s new Gymnatorium as they raced miniature vehicles made entirely of edible food items. The contestants raced the whimsical vehicles down a sloped, twelve foot ramp for trophies and bragging rights. Celebrity judges for the event were local dirt racers, Ray Cook, Johnny Chastain, Shawn Chastain and David Payne. Engineering judges were Bill Gamble and Will Coleman.  The announcer for the evening was J.R. Carroll.

Competitors had to follow a list of size and design specifications in the creation of their vehicles and were also required to create a team name and logo and submit a materials and expense sheet.  The creation and submission of an engineering design plan was an optional category.  The judges independently scored each entry using a rubric specifically created for the event, and the winners were the teams with the highest overall score in each category.

The Learning Center! Director, Mary Jo Dyre explained that the event was an offshoot of a recent school-wide STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math) project in which students worked in teams to create edible structures.  “The more we grow in STEAM education, the more we are impressed with how project-based learning engages and excites the children. We are convinced that we are on the right track to producing students who will be prepared to succeed in a 21st century global society.”

The school thanks all of the volunteers who helped make the evening a great success, and especially to Jacky Jones Chevrolet Buick GMC for providing decorations for the event.



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