This Weekend: Sherman County Robotics Training

24 06 2014

The newly formed Gorge Wizbots is offering a youth robotics training  this Saturday, June 28th from 10-4 p.m. in Wasco (cost $45). This training is for students that have participated in or are interested in FIRST LEGO League. This training uses the EV3 robotics kit, which will provide students with a leg-up on this updated equipment. Students will have the opportunity to create a software program using the new EV3 programming language, construct a robot using sensors and motors and work in a team environment. Visit to get them signed up.

Congrats to Alleta Maier!

20 06 2014

Robotics involvement is opening doors for our students in the Gorge. The latest – and perhaps brightest- star to come from the region is Alleta Maier from The Dalles Wahtonka High School. She’s been involved with FTC and other STEM initiatives, working to expand access for girls into STEM activities. The world, or at least the prestigious Ford Foundation, is taking notice! Congratulations, Alleta! Read more:

Young Entrepreneurs Summer Program

10 06 2014

Not robotics, but we thought some of you would be very interested in this program all the same! Aug 11- 14 in Hood River for 7th to 12th graders to “discover how to start a small business, explore four different agricultural commodities and take them from production all the way through the value added process.” More info here: Young Entrepreneurs

RoboFlight Academy Sign Ups by June 13

6 06 2014

Learn how to assemble, fly and program an AR Drone. Get inspired by engineering mentors and learn about your future academic and career possibilities in science, technology, engineering and math. Check out the pioneering technology from designers and manufacturers of ScanEagle and Integrator unmanned vehicles… and see a flight demonstration!

For more information and an application visit  Four applicants from each school will be selected. Application deadline is June 13th.

Oregon FIRST Robotics Grants, due June 13

16 05 2014

Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is offering FIRST Robotics grants to public schools in support of FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams. New for the 2014-15 school year, public ELEMENTARY Schools can apply as well as public Middle Schools for FLL grants.  Last year it was limited to middle schools for FLL.

Any Public School wishing to apply for the grant needs to have their ODE online application submitted by June 13, 2014. Last year the ODE grants for FLL were submitted to ORTOP first. Not this year. All applications must be submitted directly online to ODE.