Hood River FTC Team Advances to World Competition

Congrats to the FIRST Tech Challenge team from Hood River Valley High School, Occam’s Razor, for an amazing performance at the West Super-Regional Competition! Their work earned them an advancement to the final level of competition, the World competition April 27-30 in St. Louis, Missouri! If you can contribute to their travel and competition expenses, contact coach Jeff Blackman at 541-806-0505.

Occam's Razor with Coach Jeff Blackman

Occam’s Razor with Coach Jeff Blackman

Mar 30 Informational Program for Prospective Medical/ Dental Students

A free seminar is being offered in The Dalles on March 30, 5:30 pm (RSVP required) for junior high and high school students interested in entering the medical profession in the future. For kids in or entering high school, who have medical or dental career plans, the requirements and options can be daunting. Parents hoping to help their child on this path can be quickly confused by all of the extracurricular, SAT, and GPA information they find. Drs. Lieblick and Rehrer of Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons have developed the Academic Advantage program geared towards making the process a little less intimidating for local youths and their families. These seminars will run four times a year to continually encourage students to take action now and prepare for their ideal job. Continue reading

Congrats to Gorge FTC Teams Headed to Super-Regionals!

Six amazing Gorge FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams competed at the Oregon state championship on February 28 and three advanced to the next level: the West Coast Super-Regional Championship in Oakland, CA on March 24-26, 2016. Congratulations to: 

  • Hood River Valley High School – Occam’s Razor – #4143 -Inspire Award 3rd Place
  • The Dalles High School – Bazinga Bots! #3633 – Motivate Award
  • The Dalles High School – SA-BOT-AGE #10485 (Rookie Team) – Winning Alliance 1st Selected

Teams are fundraising for travel expenses now. Contact Jessica for more information. Best of luck to the three teams in California!

Register Teams Now for Wind Challenge on April 30!

The Wind Challenge is blowing back to the Gorge on April 30, 2016 at the Civic Auditorium, 323 East Fourth Street in The Dalles. Wind Challege is a hands-on program that fuels student interest in science, technology and wind energy! Registration is open until March 18. This year’s event is being organized by the Gorge Tech Alliance with support from Columbia Gorge Community College and Google.

During the event, teams of three to six middle or high school students learn about wind turbine technology and design, and apply their skills in an all-day competition to build, test, and present their wind turbine models to a group of judges.

Prizes are given to three high school teams and three middle school teams whose wind turbines had the strongest mechanical power, fastest speed for transferring the kinetic energy, and the most electrical power generated. Learn more or register at windchallenge.org.