First Round of Robotics Winners Announced, Two More Chances to Watch

Fourteen teams of students ages 9 to 14 competed at the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) robotics tournament last Saturday, Dec 2. The Hood River Middle School event welcomed teams from as far as Madras, Skamania, Goldendale and Trout Lake as well as Odell and Hood River. Four teams were chosen to advance to the state competition in January. Everyone is invited to watch the fun next weekend at two more tournaments on Dec 9 and 10 at The Dalles Middle School, with best viewing between 9:30am and 2:30pm. Continue reading

Volunteers Needed for Robotics Tournaments

Have fun as a volunteer at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics tournaments in the Gorge in December! The tournaments for youth ages 9 to 14 are one-day events planned for December 2 at Hood River Middle School and December 9 and 10 at The Dalles Middle School.

Volunteers with all backgrounds/ expertise are needed to serve, mostly as judges but also as referees and general volunteers. Online training will be provided to all volunteers prior to the events. Sign up to help on just one day or for as many as you can support. Contact Jessica at 541-296-2266 or to sign up or with questions.

Sponsor the Gorge FLL Tournaments!

Sponsor the 2017 Columbia Gorge FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournaments today! Events are planned for December 2 at Hood River Middle School as well as December 9 and 10 at The Dalles Middle School. Approximately 350 students in total attend the events along with their families, friends, coaches and supporters.

Sponsors receive increasing levels of brand visibility and engagement with the tournaments. View the benefits here and contact Jessica to sign up!

Sponsorships must be confirmed by November 15, 2017 to receive full benefits.

Robotics Student Shares Vision with Local Youth

Thanks to Lu Seapy for this guest post!

High school student Jacob Field wants every student in The Columbia River Gorge to be able to build, program, and keep a robot. He is making this vision a reality with the Protobot Project taking place at St. Mary’s Academy later this month.

Protobots, designed by Field, are mini-robots with touch and light sensors that can navigate a maze, zip through an obstacle course, or repeat a pattern. “Imagine a little roomba with no vacuum. The robots are simple, but kids love to play with them, watch them, and people ask if they can buy one,” said Field. Continue reading