Family Maker Night at White Salmon Library

17 02 2015

Think it! Code it! Make it! Family Creative Learning at the Library

Join the Gorge MakerSpace at the White Salmon Library for three nights of family-style programming and inventing. Kids ages 7 – 12 and their parents are encouraged to attend this series of workshops which include dinner, beginner-level instruction, and the chance to tinker and create.

These workshops introduce a computer language called Scratch, which is designed to help first-time programmers. It also uses a Makey Makey, a device which replaces the computer keyboard with everyday objects, such as a banana or a spoon. With these two technologies participants will design and create projects that explore connections between cyberspace and the real world.

These workshops are for families: parents get to learn something new, kids get to show their parents what they know, and everyone gets to experience the joy of creating a project together. Best part: it’s free! Pre-registration at the library is required. Please plan to attend all three workshops; each week builds upon material covered in the previous session.


  • Where: White Salmon Valley Community Library
  • When: Fridays, 6 – 8 pm, February 27, March 6 and 13th
  • Who: kids 7 – 12 and at least one parent or guardian
  • What: learn to program and invent with your family
  • More Info: Contact the White Salmon Valley Community Library

Summer High-School Internships in Hood River

17 02 2015

The Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program matches motivated 9-11th grade students with professional scientists, technologists and engineers for hands-on 8-week summer internships.  Two internships are available in Hood River this summer at the OSU Extension office and the application is due on March 9th.  Details are on the ASE website: or call ASE staff at 503-200-5861 if you have questions.


Congrats to Gorge FTC Winners!

4 02 2015

Twenty-three teams of students in grades 7-12 from schools around the Gorge participated in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Qualifying Tournament at The Dalles Middle School last Saturday, January 31. After a long day of judging panels and head-to-head competition, eight of the Gorge teams advanced to the next level of competition with a place at the one of the Oregon Super-Qualifier Tournaments. Read the rest of this entry »

FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament in The Dalles on Jan. 31

6 01 2015

Everyone is invited to watch the fun at the Columbia Gorge FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Tournament on January 31 at The Dalles Middle School (1100 E. 12th St.). This free all-day event is the local qualifier for the international FTC robotics competition for students in 7th to 12th grades. Best public viewing is from noon to 3pm. Read the rest of this entry »