Great, Free Summer Workshops for Educators

Looking for free, hands-on, valuable summer CTE/STEM professional development opportunities? Check out SuperQuest, a highly collaborative technology training series designed specifically for K-12 teachers by K-12 and Community College teachers. Their goal is to empower educators with the skills and classroom tools to build hands-on technology learning directly into their classrooms and/or after-school activities. Classes are offered throughout the state, all summer long. Find out more including locations and dates here.

Submersible Robotics Teams Compete in Oregon Regional Championship

(Thanks to Lu Seapy for contributing this post!)

Two robotics teams from The Dalles placed within the top ten of their divisions at the  Oregon MATE (Marine Advancement for Technology in Education) Regional Competition April 29. The teams, ROV Sharks and Stardust Overload, are made up of ten students from Wasco County 4-H Robotics program at The Dalles Middle School. They competed against 42 other teams from across the state.

The ROV Sharks placed 7th in the Navigator (intermediate) division. The team was led by Chase Sam with students Caleb Parsons, Justin Wilkerson, Dannelly Dominguez, Trenton Schacher, and Asher Young and competed against 14 other teams. Continue reading

Free FLL Coach Training in Hood River, July 30

Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program is offering a free workshop in Hood River on July 30 for new coaches of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams. The workshop covers an intro to FLL, coaching and mentoring techniques, basic robot programming and mechanical design techniques. New coaches or coaches of teams receiving a scholarship are required to attend, but everyone is welcome! The workshop is on Saturday, July 30, 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Columbia Gorge Community College – Hood River Indian Creek Campus (1730 College Way, Hood River).  While the workshop is free, pre-registration is required at http://www.ortop.org/fll/resWorkshops.htm. Attendees need to bring a brown-bag lunch. Coffee and donuts will be provided by the Gorge Technology Alliance.