FLL Jr Team Forming Now for May 19 Expo

Registration is open for teams of 3 to 6 Kindergarten to 4th grade students to participate in FIRST LEGO League Junior in the Gorge! Teams form now in preparation for a Gorge expo on May 19 at Fort Dalles Readiness Center. Grant funds are available to support teams in the five-county Gorge. Next steps?
  1. Learn about FLL Jr here: https://ortop.org/flljr/fll-jr-team-info/
  2. Register for a grant here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GorgeJrSupport2017
  3. Contact Loridee with questions!

Gorge FTC Tournament on Jan 27

Hood River Valley High School (1220 Indian Creek Rd., Hood River) will be hosting a FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament on January 27, 2018 with exciting robot action for everyone to watch! Best viewing times are noon to 3pm.

The national FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) program is a mid-level robotics competition that provides an opportunity for 7th – 12th grade students. FTC is an excellent way to experience the power, excitement, and fun of science, technology, engineering, and math and gain insights in the possibility of a technical career. Team members get involved in the design, implementation, and programming of a robot to participate in a challenge in competition and cooperation with robots from other teams.

For  more information on the Oregon tournaments and programs visit http://www.ortop.org/ftc/.  For National information, and an animation of the challenge, visit http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc/game.

For more information about the event, contact Jessica.

Gorge FLL Teams Win at State!

We at Gorge Robotics are so proud of all of the thirteen amazing Gorge FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics teams that competed at the state tournament last weekend. The Pink Fluffy Unicorns from Wy’east Middle School took home a First Place trophy and are now headed to the World Competiton in Houston, TX in April! These incredible kids will need financial support to make it happen and we will share more details as we have them.

The Pink Fluffy Unicorns with Coach Karen O’Neil celebrate their First Place trophy.

Big congrats also to the Hydro Automatons from Hood River who won 4th place, and two Hood River teams that won Core Values trophies: the Hero Robot Monkeys and the Hydro Hipsters. Our students are the BEST!

Congrats to Second Round of FLL Winners!

The GTA hosted two more FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments on Dec 9 and 10 at The Dalles Middle School. Thirty-six teams of students ages 9 to 14 competed at the events from as far as Hermiston, Heppner, Irrigon and Ione as well as Klickitat, Stevenson, Dufur, Mosier, Centerville, Hood River and The Dalles. Eleven teams were chosen over the weekend to advance to the state competition in Hillsboro in January. Continue reading