2017 Wind Challenge Winners Honored

Thanks to Google’s PR team for this guest post!

Wind champions: local students take home prizes at Google Wind Challenge

Design competition and fair in The Dalles fosters STEM skills and lots of fun

THE DALLES, Ore. – March 11, 2017 – Although it was a fierce competition, only a few teams walked away as wind turbine champions earlier today as students from around the Gorge took part in the 4th annual Google Wind Challenge at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center in The Dalles, Oregon. This year, more than 175 students from 38 local high schools and middle schools competed to build the competition’s top turbines. Continue reading

Success for Gorge Robotics Teams

Great news is rolling in about the amazing robotics teams from the Gorge! On March 4, the Pandroids from Wy’east Middle School became the first-ever FIRST LEGO League team from the Gorge to win at the State competition and advance to the World competition (this year in Houston, TX in April)! This coming weekend, three FIRST Tech Challenge teams from Hood River Valley High School, the most ever from one Gorge school, will be competing in the Super Regional Competition in Tacoma. Winners in Tacoma will advance to the World competition in Houston, TX in April. Best of luck to Steelhead, Men in Green and Fig Neutrons! 

All four teams are deep in fundraising mode to cover competition fees and travel expenses. Contact Jessica if you can make a contribution. And stay tuned for updates as our teams compete!

Learn About/ Register for FIRST LEGO League Jr.


FIRST LEGO League Jr. is heating up in the Gorge with an information session on Feb 15 and team financial support open now at this link. Parents and teachers of young students interested in robotics are invited to an information session for FIRST LEGO League Jr. on February 15. Students in grades K – 4 participate in this hands-on program designed to capture young children’s inherent curiosity and creativity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. FIRST LEGO League Jr. team members usually spend approximately one month exploring, investigating, designing and building a model made with LEGO bricks and elements. In conjunction, teams create a “Show Me” poster that depicts the teams’ experience during this process, through drawings and words. Continue reading

Fourteen Gorge Teams Advance to State Robotics Tournament, Some Teams Impacted by Weather

Almost 400 students aged 9 to 14 from schools all around the Gorge showed off their robotic talents over the last two weekends in the Gorge. Sixty-five student teams worked over the past several months as part of the international robotics competition known as FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) to compete in one of the Columbia Gorge Qualifying Tournaments held Dec. 3 and 4 at The Dalles Middle School or Dec. 10 and 11 at Wy’east Middle School. Continue reading