FIRST Robotics Team Grant Opportunities

There are two funding opportunities to support FIRST robotics teams in the Gorge:

  1. Oregon only: Oregon Department of Education offers Oregon FIRST grants for FIRST LEGO League (grades 4-8), FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-12), and FIRST Robotics Competition (grades 9-12). Applications for 2016-2017 will be available through ODE approximately May 16. Deadline for submission is June 17, 2016. Visit
  2. Washington and Oregon: ORTOP Team Support Awards, funded by ORTOP sponsors, are available to any team that demonstrates need and/or works to help ORTOP achieve our goals of including girls, underserved, or minority students who may not have an opportunity. You do NOT need to be affiliated with a school; however, school teams are welcome to apply. Details can be found on the ORTOP website. The Application will open on May 16th!

Congrats to Wind Challenge Winners!

Thanks to Google for sharing this press release about the Wind Challenge event, co-hosted by the GTA:

Winners of the wind: 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. – April 30, 2016 – Earlier today, a fierce competition blew into town as students from around the Gorge took part in the third annual Google Wind Challenge at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles, Oregon. This year, more than 100 students from 20 local high schools and middle schools competed to build the competition’s top turbines. Continue reading