The Columbia Gorge FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) event organizers are looking for a number of volunteers to help with the 2015-16 season events. All events will be held in Hood River to support teams from both sides of the Gorge. Volunteers are needed for the League Meets and the Qualifying Tournament. Details follow: Continue Reading »
Hood River Hobbies has a few classes and clubs coming up for robotics lovers of all types: Indoor R/C Flying class starts Nov 7, Rocket Building classes start Nov 21 and the Gorge Rocket Club starts Nov 15. They also support other locally run hobby clubs and can share more information for those interested in the Columbia Gorge Aeromodelers Club (meets the 2nd Weds of each month and has flying events) or the Gorge RC Sailing Club (meets Thursday afternoons). Learn more or find contact information at http://hoodriverhobbies.com/.
For FLL teams looking for software to program your EV3s, there is a free download available at http://www.lego.com/en-us/mindstorms/downloads.
The Gorge Tech Alliance is helping host a one-day workshop for coaches of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics teams on Saturday, Sept 19 at the Hood River County Extension from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The FREE workshop is presented by Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) and covers an intro to FLL, coaching and mentoring techniques, basic robot programming and mechanical design techniques. Pre-registration is required. Learn more or register here. This is a great workshop for new or newer coaches or those considering getting your student ages 9-14 involved in robotics this school year.