The Gorge Technology Alliance has a Robot Loaner Program with 75 LEGO Mindstorm® EV3 and NXT robotics kits available for loan to school classes or youth groups around the Gorge (within the counties of Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat and Skamania). These kits are a great way to teach computer programming skills and otherwise get kids excited about science and engineering. The robotics kits also come with laptops equipped with the software to run the robots. Sets are available for one month or longer, depending on demand. Contact Jessica Metta with the Gorge Tech Alliance to schedule a loan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-296-2266.
STEM Robotics 101 EV3- a free, turn-key, customizable curriculum for new STEM Robotics teachers and a collaboration site for veteran teachers based on the LEGO Mindstorms EV3.
LEGO Mindstorms NXT online tutorials and curriculum:
- ORTOP tutorials
- Dr. Graeme tutorials
- Mindstorms software demo
- Robot Square tutorials
- NXT Tutorial on STEM Centric – great self-paced curriculum for our loaner kits!
- More tutorials
- Robotics Challenge Activities
Organizations that provide training for teachers and coaches include:
- Education Service District 112 (for Skamania and Klickitat Counties)
- Oregon Computer Science Teachers Association
- Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program
ORTOP (Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program) is a nonprofit with a mission to open doors to the worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Oregon’s youth by providing educational opportunities featuring robotics with special emphasis on maximizing the diversity of those participating. ORTOP implements Jr. FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® Robotics Challenge competitions in Oregon and Southwest Washington (Skamania and Klickitat Counties included). ORTOP offers grants to schools to participate in FIRST robotics and provides training to coaches and adult mentors.
Use our Get Involved page to find other teams in your area and contact them to see if you can visit their next get together or share ideas over a cup of coffee! There are many great Gorge brains working with youth robotics and they are a wonderful and willing resource for each other. Or contact the Gorge Tech Alliance – we are here to help answer your questions or point you to someone who can.