Fun Classes and Clubs

4 09 2015

Hood River Hobbies has a few classes and clubs coming up for robotics lovers of all types: Indoor R/C Flying class starts Nov 7, Rocket Building classes start Nov 21 and the Gorge Rocket Club starts Nov 15. They also support other locally run hobby clubs and can share more information for those interested in the Columbia Gorge Aeromodelers Club (meets the 2nd Weds of each month and has flying events) or the Gorge RC Sailing Club (meets Thursday afternoons). Learn more or find contact information at

Free EV3 Software

29 08 2015

For FLL teams looking for software to program your EV3s, there is a free download available at

Sept 19: Free FIRST LEGO League Coaches Robotics Workshop in Hood River

28 08 2015

The Gorge Tech Alliance is helping host a one-day workshop for coaches of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics teams on Saturday, Sept 19 at the Hood River County Extension from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The FREE workshop is presented by Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP) and covers an intro to FLL, coaching and mentoring techniques, basic robot programming and mechanical design techniques. Pre-registration is required. Learn more or register here. This is a great workshop for new or newer coaches or those considering getting your student ages 9-14 involved in robotics this school year. 

July 28 FLL Coach Programming Workshop

1 07 2015

A Programming Workshop offered by ORTOP for FLL Coaches has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, 6-9pm at the Extension office in Hood River. This is free but pre-registration is required at Here’s more info on what you’d learn:

Programming Workshop:  Intended for 2nd year coaches/mentors wanting to extend their team’s skills tool box by learning more advanced programming techniques and programming solutions. Rookie Coaches must have attended Workshop I and II prior to attending the Programming Workshop or have at least one year of FLL coaching experience. [Note: If you attended the new coach workshop on June 28 in Hood River, that was workshop I, II and III combined.] Each programming workshop on the schedule is the same workshop. It is not a series workshop.