Congrats to Second Round of Gorge 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.

FLL robot team 2017
FIRST LEGO League team R.U.S.H. from Hood River Middle School watches tensely as their robot performs in the table competition at the tournament in The Dalles on December 10.

Teams worked over the past several months to design and program robots and complete a research project. At the Gorge tournaments, teams demonstrate their robot’s capabilities on the competition table, are interviewed by a robot design panel, present their research project and are assessed on teamwork skills.

The Gorge events are held by the Gorge Technology Alliance with support from Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program, North Wasco County School District 21, Hood River County School District and the Gorge STEM Hub. Top local sponsors include Google, Hood Tech and Insitu.

Organizers congratulate all the teams who competed on Dec 9 and 10 and honored these top award winners:

  • Overall 1st Place Champions: Pink Fluffly Unicorns from Wy’east Middle School and Hydro Automatons from Hood River.
  • Overall 2nd Place Champions: Team Water Works from Colonel Wright Elementary and R.U.S.H. from Hood River Middle School.
  • Additional top teams that advanced to the state tournament: The Jawbreakers and Fusion X from Wasco County 4-H, Klick 1 from Klickitat School, the Hydrobots from Wy’east Middle School, Reigning Wizards from the Gorge, The Hydro Hipsters from May Street Elementary and the Hydro Helpers from Mosier Community School.

Additional top awards were given to a number of teams for their outstanding performances in specific areas of the competition:

  • Core Values Award: The Hydrobots from Wy’east Middle School and The Hydro Hipsters from May Street Elementary.
  • Project Award:  Klick 2 from Klickitat School and the Hydro Helpers from Mosier Community School.
  • Robot Design Award: The Jawbreakers from Wasco County 4-H and the Reigning Wizards from the Gorge.
  • Robot Performance Award: The Hydrobots from Wy’east Middle School and Hydro Automatons from Hood River.
  • Rising Star Award: Water Warriors from Colonel Wright Elementary and Team Genesis from Hermiston.

For more information about youth robotics in the Gorge, visit Gorgerobotics.org or contact Jessica Metta with the GTA at 541-296-2266 or Jessica@crgta.org.

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Insitu Commercial, Ryan Hartman Honored as Gorge Tech Organization, Leader of the Year

The GTA held our fifth annual awards program on December 12, 2017, recognizing Ryan Hartman as the 2017 GTA Technology Leader of the Year and Insitu Commercial Division as the 2017 GTA Technology Organization of the Year. “The GTA is pleased to honor the wonderful people making a difference in the Gorge through our awards program,” says Jessica Metta, GTA Executive Director. 

Nominations were accepted from across the Gorge and all of the finalists were celebrated at the Dec. 12 event for their leadership and hard work. Ryan Hartman, President and CEO of Insitu, was honored as the 2017 GTA Technology Leader of the Year for his leadership of Insitu since 2014 which has grown significantly since then, for the corporate culture he has fostered, the work he’s done in acknowledgment of Insitu’s many ties to the Gorge community as a whole, his support of nonprofits and STEM education in the region. One outstanding finalist was also honored: Tom Furey, Chief Operating Officer of Sagetech Corporation, for his technical and company achievements, community outreach and leadership since joining Sagetech in 2015.

Insitu Commercial Division was honored as the 2017 GTA Tech Organization of the Year for their work on emergency response related to the September 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, the Fall 2017 California wildfires and the Hurricane Harvey response. Their work to pioneer the use of drones in the national airspace is keeping communities and first responders safer while improving the efficiency of emergency response efforts.

2017 Tech Awards
Mark Bauman (right), Vice President and General Manager of Insitu Commercial, along with representatives of the Insitu Commercial Division accept the Tech Organization of the Year award.
2017 Tech Awards
Mark Bauman holds the awards for Insitu with GTA Executive Director Jessica Metta. Mark accepted the Tech Leader of the Year award on Ryan Hartman’s behalf.

 

 

Introducing TechLink to GTA Members

TechLink is a nonprofit that creates partnerships between the Department of Defense and private industry to develop, transfer, and transition leading-edge technologies. The GTA is partnering with the organization to share information of interest to our members. 
 
Article Offering: How to license technology from defense laboratories. 

This guide will help you understand how to license technology from a defense laboratory from start to finish. Read the article.
Summary:  Army scientists and engineers have developed a sensor and software system for detecting energized power lines in the vicinity of an aerial craft. The method includes using sensors located on the aerial craft to measure electric and magnetic fields in the vicinity and determine the orientation of the power line based on these electric and magnetic field measurements. Alternatively, detection can be achieved using a Poynting vector. The Poynting vector is the cross product of the electric field and magnetic field and runs parallel to the lines. Normalized values of the sensor data may further be calculated, as these values can provide consistent detection thresholds vs. distance, regardless of the magnitude of the voltage/current values of the power lines. Contact:  Brian Metzger, PhD  

GTA Member Clark College Offers “Professional Skills Training for Employees” in January

In every industry, companies are making the same statement, “We are having a hard time finding job candidates with the professional skill needed in today’s market.” Clark College’s new 16-hour Professional Skills Training will make your employees more successful in their job.

The content of the Professional Skills Training provides an understanding of individual roles in the context of the entire organization and how their performance and work quality can impact the company and co-workers. Participants will learn:

  • Presenting a positive first impression
  • Communicating through body language
  • Developing your positive mindset and emotional intelligence
  • Setting goals for success
  • Developing digital communication skills
  • Presenting a professional appearance
  • Working in teams
  • Effective communication; getting your message across
  • Communicating through conflict
  • Learning from feedback
Training dates are Friday, January 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 8:00am – 12:00pm each day at the Vancouver campus. Cost is $429 per person; scholarships may be available. Contact FWevers@clark.edu to reserve your seat today.

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.

Teams worked over the past several months to design and program robots and complete a research project. At the Gorge tournaments, teams demonstrate their robot’s capabilities on the competition table, are interviewed by a robot design panel, present their research project and are assessed on teamwork skills.

The Gorge events are held by the Gorge Technology Alliance with support from Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program, North Wasco County School District 21, Hood River County School District and the Gorge STEM Hub. Top local sponsors include Google, Hood Tech and Insitu.

Organizers congratulate all the teams who competed on Dec 2 and honored these top award winners:

  • Overall 1st Place Champions: The Natural Disasters from Wy’east Middle School.
  • Overall 2nd Place Champions: Hero Robot Monkeys from Hood River.
  • Additional top teams that advanced to the state tournament: Hydro Hogs from May Street Elementary and Water Wizards of Hood River Middle School.

Additional top awards were given to a number of teams for their outstanding performances in specific areas of the competition:

  • Core Values Award: Green Apple Lava Cake Exploding Cows from T.A.S.D.O. with Trout Lake School.
  • Project Award: Robotic Catfishes 2.0 from Westside Elementary.
  • Robot Design Award: BrainStorm Troopers from Jefferson County 4-H.
  • Robot Performance Award: Hero Robot Monkeys from Hood River.

For more information about youth robotics in the Gorge, visit Gorgerobotics.org or contact Jessica Metta with the GTA at 541-296-2266 or Jessica@crgta.org.

Volunteer, Watch GTA-Hosted Robotics Tournaments in December

The GTA-hosted FIRST LEGO League tournaments for the Gorge are coming up fast on Dec 2, 9 and 10. These are local qualifying tournaments for students from around the Gorge ages 9 to 14 who’ve been working on their robots and research projects over the last few months. Our local winners advance to the state competition in January.
 
We still need volunteers for the events in The Dalles! No-robotics experience necessary, just a willingness to have lots of fun and support our local students!

Or just come watch! Bring your family or just yourself to enjoy the fun and support the kids! Event details: 

  • Dec 2 at Hood River Middle School
  • Dec 9 and 10 at The Dalles Middle School 
  • Best viewing times are 9:30 to 2:00 each day (except a lunch break).
Many thanks to all of our local event sponsors: Google, Hood Tech, Insitu, Electronics Assemblers, Prigel Machine and Blue Skies Bakery!

GTA Hosting 50/50 Raffle In Support of Our STEM College Scholarship!

The GTA is selling raffle tickets to raise funds for our Corwin Hardham Memorial Scholarship that supports Gorge students pursuing STEM degrees. At our Winter Party (see above), we will draw the name of the winner for our 50/50 raffle and you get half of the winnings! Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20. Cash or check only, need not be present to win. Contact Jessica to buy your tickets today! 

Gorge STEM Hub Offers Resources, Newsletter

The Columbia Gorge STEM Hub is a regional network of schools, nonprofits, businesses, and civic leaders working to increase opportunities for all students in the region to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The GTA is involved with this initiative to connect our efforts to strengthen STEM education in the Gorge. You should be too!
 
This month’s calls to action:
  • Sign up for their newsletter to stay up to date on what’s going on.
  • Donate tools or materials you no longer need so they can get in the hands of STEM educators in the region for their Free Resource Market or their STEM Lending Library
  • Contact Christy with questions or to get more involved!