Come Watch the Fun! Gorge Robotics Tournaments on Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11

Families and robot lovers of all ages are invited to watch the fun at the Columbia Gorge FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Tournaments in December. These free events will be held from 9:00 a.m. to around 3:00 p.m. on December 3 and 4 at The Dalles Middle School (1100 E 12th St.) and December 10 and 11 at Wy’east Middle School (3000 Wy’east Road near Odell). These tournaments are local qualifiers for the international FLL robotics competition for kids ages 9 to 14. Winners will travel to the state tournaments in Hillsboro on January 14 and 15, 2017. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed for FLL Tournaments

In crazy, breaking news, there will be four FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Tournaments in the Gorge for the first time ever. The Gorge Tech Alliance has been hosting these events since 2010 to support youth robotics and STEM education in the region. We have had enough teams over the last few years to require three events, but student participation has risen and this year we need FOUR! That means we need even more volunteers.

Our annual FLL robotics tournaments are fun and inspiring events for hundreds of 9 to 14 year olds from around the Gorge who have been working hard on their robots since September. No experience, engineering background or robotics awards needed: we have roles for people of all backgrounds and training is provided.

Volunteer Options:

  • Saturday, Dec 3, 9am to 3pm at The Dalles Middle School
  • Sunday, Dec 4, 9am to 3pm at The Dalles Middle School
  • Saturday, Dec 10, 9am to 3pm at Wy’east Middle School
  • Sunday, Dec 11, 9am to 3pm at Wy’east Middle School

Volunteer for one or more days. Enjoy the fun, let the students inspire you and eat well! Please let Jessica know if you can help!

Students Invited to Join FTC Team

One of the FIRST TEchChallenge teams in The Dalles is looking for more students to join! This is a great opportunity. Here are details:

Space available for 4-H Junior High and High School Robotics Program: Be a part of a team that designs, builds, and programs a robot. Students grades 7-12 can build a metal robot controlled via wireless devices. This year’s challenge is a fast-paced game involving launching objects called Velocity Vortex. Wasco County 4-H offers the class Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Wahtonka Community School. The class is open to online and homeschool students. No cost. Contact Lu Seapy at

High School Robotics Students Motivate Region

Thanks to Lu Seapy for this guest post!

Local robotics students kicked off an exciting FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) game release party and provided technical training to over 85 individuals on Saturday, September 10 at The Dalles High School. Students from 18 different robotics teams traveled from as far away as Pendleton/ Pilot Rock to attend the event which featured the international release of the 2016-2017 Velocity Vortex FTC Game and specialized training sessions led by students. Continue reading