Free FLL Coach Training Sept 13, Hood River

21 08 2014

Coaches for new teams or teams receiving a scholarship are required to attend a free training hosted by ORTOP in Hood River on Saturday, Sept 13, 8:30am to 4:30pm at the Hood River OSU Extension Office (2990 Experiment Station Dr). This class teaches about the FLL tournament and the robot, using the latest EV3 robot model from LEGO this year. Participants will need to bring a lunch. Registration is required through ORTOP’s website. More information here.




Welcome to the 2014 FIRST LEGO League Season!

20 08 2014

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) season is kicking off as school is back in session. FLL is a team engineering and science program for kids ages 9 to 14 that culminates in an international robotics tournament. The first competitions that local teams participate in are the Columbia Gorge FLL Qualifying Tournaments in December. This year’s theme is “World Class: Learning Unleashed,” with students working to redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Team registration open now and will close likely mid-September – sign up as soon as possible!  Read the rest of this entry »




Students Invited to Aerial Robotics Event in Bend, Aug 22

29 07 2014

SOAR Oregon, the nonprofit economic development organization focused on the development of the UAS industry in Oregon, is hosting an Innovation Day on August 22 in Bend to introduce attendees to aerial robotics. This event will have three sessions:

Pre-registration is required to each of the sessions. Click the links above for more information.




This Weekend: Sherman County Robotics Training

24 06 2014

The newly formed Gorge Wizbots is offering a youth robotics training  this Saturday, June 28th from 10-4 p.m. in Wasco (cost $45). This training is for students that have participated in or are interested in FIRST LEGO League. This training uses the EV3 robotics kit, which will provide students with a leg-up on this updated equipment. Students will have the opportunity to create a software program using the new EV3 programming language, construct a robot using sensors and motors and work in a team environment. Visit www.gorgewizbots.com to get them signed up.




Congrats to Alleta Maier!

20 06 2014

Robotics involvement is opening doors for our students in the Gorge. The latest – and perhaps brightest- star to come from the region is Alleta Maier from The Dalles Wahtonka High School. She’s been involved with FTC and other STEM initiatives, working to expand access for girls into STEM activities. The world, or at least the prestigious Ford Foundation, is taking notice! Congratulations, Alleta! Read more: http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2014/jun/13/alleta-maier-wins-ford-foundation-scholarship/