There are two funding opportunities to support FIRST robotics teams in the Gorge:
- 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 http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3976
- 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!
Registration is now open for the 2016-17 FIRST LEGO League Season with a theme “Animal Allies!” 2016 ANIMAL ALLIESSM season is all about our furry, feathered, and finned friends. Teams of students age 9 to 14 will look into the eyes of our ANIMAL ALLIES. What might become possible when we learn to help each other? Sign up here or learn more about the challenge here.
Did you miss this great event? Check out the video to be inspired to sign up for next year! Learn more at windchallenge.org.
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