Member Spotlight: Columbia Gorge STEM Hub

Columbia Gorge STEM Hub                                                

400 E Scenic Drive #207

The Dalles, OR 97058

                                                                                                                www.gorgestem.org       541-296-2046

 

About the STEM Hub

The Columbia Gorge STEM Hub was founded in 2016 when the region applied to the State of Oregon’s Department of Education to have a STEM Hub and was awarded funding in the 2015-17 biennium. It is one of thirteen STEM Hubs across the state of Oregon. The STEM Hub is the convener of a regional network of schools, educators, nonprofits and business partners who are all working together towards the goal to ensure that all learners in the region are STEM literate and future-ready. 

The Gorge STEM Hub serves the five-county Oregon region comprised of Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, and Wheeler counties.  This area includes ten school districts ranging in size from 53 to 3760 students. The Hub also collaborates with the  Gorge’s  Washington  partners in Skamania and Klickitat counties. All of the region’s Oregon school districts interact with the STEM Hub for at least one project. Local businesses (including several GTA members!) and non-profits also support with STEM Hub efforts by participating in regional work groups, co-leading projects, and providing volunteers or financial contributions.  The STEM Hub works through collective impact, an approach that amplifies what can be achieved by the staff of just three.

Many of the STEM Hub’s projects, such as collaborating with school districts on curriculum planning, are done behind the scenes. The more visible parts, like training teens to be STEM Leaders in their communities, working with businesses to increase access to career connected learning, coordinating internships, and community wide events such as the Gorge STEM Fair, build momentum for the Hub’s work as community awareness and participation increases.

The Columbia Gorge STEM Hub’s three broad strategic focus areas each encompass several efforts.

 

Empowered Educators includes PreK and Elementary trainings and leadership cohortslending library; annual summer STEM Symposium; MakerClub after school program (led by site-based educators); Microgrants; and more.

 

 

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Connected Community includes the annual Gorge STEM Fair; supporting partner events; Family STEM Nights; STEM Hub collaboratories; community newsletters and resource sharing. 

 

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Engaged Career Partners includes regional leadership  around Career Connected Learning; College & Career Expo; Gorge Career Challenge; developing a summer internship list and guest speakers list.

There are always several projects going across the three focus areas!   If you are interested in getting your company involved, or have general insights to share, please contact Christy at:  cchristopher@cgesd.k12.or.us

Learn more at www.gorgeSTEM.org

 

GTA Participation is needed for our August Teacher Externship focused on Modern Manufacturing!     

This is a three-day event for secondary teachers and counselors to help them understand what manufacturing looks like in 2022. The event is designed to give teachers first-hand knowledge of the many types of jobs involved and the skills needed in manufacturing, so they can in turn infuse that knowledge in their work with local youth. The event plans include in-person tours of a variety of companies as well as virtual panels. Companies that would like to help with either of these pieces are encouraged to reach out to Christy.

About the Director

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Christy Christopher was born and raised in Hood River. She left the Gorge for college and the first ten years of her career, moving back upon seeing that the Gorge had become a more economically diverse place during the decade of her absence. The core aspects of the close-knit, engaged community and the beautiful surroundings that make the Gorge a great place to live, and the proximity to her family were deciding factors in Christy’s decision to return.  When not working, Christy can be found outside trail running, traveling to new places, and spending time with her husband and young children.

 

 

 

2022 Corwin Hardham Memorial Scholarship Awarded

The 2022 Corwin Hardham Scholarship has been awarded to Hood River Valley High School student Sandra Castillo Palacios. There were thirteen well-qualified applicants for this year’s scholarship. The GTA Board of Directors used a scoring matrix to narrow the pool to one final recommendation which was forwarded to the Gorge Community Foundation Board of Directors for final approval.

Miss Castillo Palacios is a first-generation student with plans to study Computer Science. As a high school senior with a 4.0 GPA, Miss Castillo Palacios is already certified in Beginner HTML and CSS as well as Beginner JavaScript. With a well-rounded record in volunteer community service, practical work experience, and a perfect academic record, Miss Castillo Palacios is a deserving recipient of the 2022 Corwin Hardham Scholarship. Congratulations to Miss Castillo Palacios!

The GTA proudly launched the Corwin Hardham Memorial Scholarship fund in 2015. This scholarship is awarded annually to Gorge high school seniors pursuing post-secondary degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Eligible students are those from Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Skamania, and Klickitat counties who are graduating from high school, home school, or receiving a GED in the spring / summer. Donations to the fund can be made here.

Join the GTA at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022

One of the best benefits about being a member of the Gorge Tech Alliance is that fellow GTA members are never too far away, even if you leave the Columbia River Gorge. We are excited to announce that nine member companies of the Gorge Tech Alliance are exhibiting at the 2022 AUVSI XPONENTIAL tradeshow in Orlando, FL.  The majority of the GTA member booths are located near one another, off one of the main aisles.

  • SightLine Applications, booth number 2551
  • Overwatch Imaging, booth number 2754
  • Power4Flight, LLC, booth number 2754
  • Sagetech Avionics, Inc., booth number 2230
  • Sierra-Olympic Technologies, booth number 1851
  • SigmaDesign, booth number 2649
  • Silicon Forest Electronics, Inc., booth number 2649
  • Trillium Engineering, booth number 2557
  • Zepher, booth number 2565

This is the first year the GTA is lending added support to members at XPONENTIAL with an identifiable marker.  It will be easy to identify which booths are GTA members, simply look for the blue and gold GTA floor sticker. Each booth will have a GTA floor sticker in the aisle outside their booth.  Additionally, table top flyers will be on display at members’ booths talking about the GTA and our mission.  

If you are interested in coming to the mixer, stop by any of the sponsor XPONENTIAL booths for tickets.  All are invited!

Sierra-Olympic Technologies: Leaders in Optical Gas Imaging Technology

The Ventus OGI detects and visualizes hydrocarbon gases, including methane, propane, and butane.

On the near horizon, the oil and gas industry will be required to answer calls from consumers, investors, utility companies, and regulators to deliver cleaner energy paired with far greater transparency about greenhouse gas emissions, including methane and other gasses. While the carbon footprint of natural gas is relatively low, its primary component methane has more than 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over the first 20 years after it reaches the atmosphere.

The climate warming impact of methane emissions has been well-known in the energy industry for many years. In the wake of the COP26 meetings in Glasgow Scotland in November of 2021 awareness suddenly shot up for millions more people around the world. There are now more than 100 international signatories, including the U.S., to the voluntary Global Methane Pledge, committing all who signed to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030.

According to the U.S. EPA, natural gas and petroleum are the second largest human-caused source of methane emissions in the U.S., second only to animal agriculture.  Fortunately, awareness of the environment risks from methane is increasing and emissions from the energy sector can be mitigated, in part by deploying the latest in OGI (optical gas imaging) technology.

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The Sierra-Olympic team is proud to be on the cutting edge of this technology with the Ventus OGI, the smallest, lightest OGI camera core available. Third-party testing determined the Ventus OGI meets the regulatory standard in EPA’s OOOOa standards and documentation of that testing is available upon request. Look for Ventus OGI on the Colorado AIMM (Alternative Instrument Monitoring Method), as well.

Whether integrated into handheld, aerial, ground robotics, or continuous monitoring systems, OGI is becoming the industry standard for safely and efficiently surveying infrastructure, locating leaks, setting repair plans, and complying with global regulations. OGI safely and efficiently delivers actionable emissions data, enabling oil and gas operators to find and fix leaks and get in compliance with current and imminent emissions regulations.

Across the value chain, the oil and gas sector is intensifying efforts to detect and repair systemic problems that lead to leaking methane. Whether as a part of market-driven environmental, social and governance goals, or in preparation for stricter methane emissions leak detection and repair regulations, the industry is steadily moving toward delivering cleaner, lower emissions energy. Sierra-Olympic Technologies, Inc. is a respected leader in the development of state-of-the-art technologies that are poised to identify and reduce methane emissions and advance the goals of the Global Methane Pledge quickly and effectively. For more detailed information on our OGI work, please visit us at: Sierra-Olympic OGI technology.

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Interested in a remote demonstration of the Ventus OGI’s gas plume visualization capability? Email marketing@sierraolympic.com

GTA Spring Networking Event and CGCC Skills Center Facility Tour Scheduled for 4/6

The GTA is happy to host its first in-person event of 2022! The Spring Networking Event will be held on April 6th, 2022 from 5:00 pm to 7:00pm at The Dalles campus of Columbia Gorge Community College. The event will also include a tour of CGCC’s new Regional Skills Center. The  24,000 square foot Regional Skills Center supports career and technical programs and has design flexibility to accommodate the workforce needs of Gorge area employers. Time for networking and catching up with industry colleagues will follow the tour. Light refreshments will be provided. The Regional Skills Center is located in Building 5 of  CGCC’s The Dalles campus located at 400 Scenic Drive in The Dalles.  Please register in advance and join us in The Dalles!  

Board Member Recruitment

The GTA’s regular elections will be held in the last week of March. Any member or sponsor who has been a member or sponsor of GTA for at least one year is eligible to apply. GTA members in all fields (including marketing, design, and remote workers) are encouraged to apply, as are women, minorities, and others traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.

To be included on the Ballot, please complete this brief application by 5PM on Friday, March 25th.

The GTA board currently meets on the third Wednesday of alternate months from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. The meetings are virtual for the foreseeable future. Contact Cheryl with any questions.

ANPC – Advanced Navigation & Positioning Corporation

This company was founded by a former sensor fusion engineer with Lockheed Advanced Development Projects (aka Skunk Works), who sought to re-imagine aviation navigation technology in a location that would provide an ideal manufacturing and testing environment, and a talent pool of skilled and enthusiastic engineers. 

ANPC was founded in 1991 and based in Hood River, Oregon to meet both the environmental needs for the business as well as to attract the talent needed for the company to be successful.  The variable weather and terrain conditions in the Gorge present aviation challenges representative of the thousands of airports worldwide that ANPC and its innovative technology were created to serve. The company’s unique challenges demand that ANPC be at the forefront of several engineering disciplines, and the Pacific Northwest is known as a draw for fresh and ambitious talent. The employee demographic that this area attracts was the second compelling reason to locate the company in the Columbia Gorge Region.   ANPC’s Chairman and CEO, Jeff Mains, has been a part-time resident in the Gorge for over 20 years, and CEO Mains, like most of ANPC’s 45 employees, is an outdoor enthusiast attracted to the Gorge for its breathtaking scenery and myriad outdoor activities including windsurfing, skiing, hiking, and fishing.  ANPC’s employees love the outdoors and the beauty and recreational opportunities that the Gorge offers.  

ANPC is a global leader and pioneer in advancing aviation surveillance and navigation, with customers and system installations operating on all seven continents. At the same time, this small and progressive company is actively tied into the Gorge economy and community with its reliance on many local suppliers and service providers to support and maintain its Hood River headquarters, and occasionally employs local vendors for fabrication and materials. Both municipal and regional airports at Hood River and The Dalles have provided enthusiastic support for ANPC’s development and testing of equipment and technology for 30 years.  KDLS Airport in Dallesport, WA has been ANPC’s established test and demonstration site since the company’s founding in 1991. In 2022, KDLS will also become a customer when ANPC commissions a public instrument approach procedure for the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport.

Despite the pandemic challenges we are all facing, ANPC has grown its workforce by 15% and has expanded its product offerings to enter several new and exciting markets. Among recent highlights:

  • ANPC has installed multiple systems in Antarctica to enable all-weather landings in the most hostile environment on Earth
  • ANPC has produced the first and only rapidly-deployable surveillance and precision landing system for defense and disaster recovery applications
  • This year, ANPC will begin developing border & perimeter security solutions that combine primary and secondary radar technology, electro-optical imaging, and RF drone detection

ANPC has recently joined the GTA to pursue its goal to become a prominent employer in the Gorge with an engaged presence in the organizations that promote growth and talent development within the region. This company is at the leading edge of aviation technology and offers exciting career opportunities in a challenging but fun work environment. 

Contact:

ANPC 

489 N. 8th Street, Ste. 203

Hood River, OR 97031

USA: 800-228-1857 X 230

Global: +1-541-386-1747 x230

info@anpc.com

www.anpc.com

Join the GTA at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2022

Join the GTA at XPONENTIAL 2022, the international conference and trade show for the unmanned industry. This year’s event is being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida on April 25th – 28th. The GTA is offering sponsorship opportunities for GTA member organizations who are both participating in and attending the event. Sponsors will receive visual Gorge Cluster branding and tickets to the off-site networking mixer event. There are 3 levels of sponsorship opportunities available. Find out more here or email Cheryl

Application Period For the 2022 Corwin Hardham Memorial Scholarship is Now Open!

 Applications for the 2022 Corwin Hardham Memorial Scholarship are now available. Completed applications must be received by the GTA by 5:00 pm on Friday, February 25th, 2022. This scholarship is awarded annually to Gorge high school seniors pursuing post-secondary degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Eligible students are those from Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Skamania and Klickitat Counties who are graduating from high school, home school or receiving a GED in the spring/ summer. 

The 2022 application is now available here. Please contact Cheryl Eniero with questions.

GTA Provides Gold Level Sponsorship Support to A05 Annex Hood River Valley High School FIRST Robotics Competition Team

The GTA is proud to sponsor A05 Annex Robotics team from Hood River Valley High School. The GTA Board approved a Gold Level sponsorship for the team after they approached the GTA for support of their 2022 competition season. The team will be representing the Columbia River Gorge at this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). The team notes that robotics competitions are not their only focus; their biggest goal is to make STEM accessible to everybody. As part of that goal, they do not charge any member to join the team. They also created the Unified Robotics program which pairs FIRST team members and students with disabilities together to increase equity within STEM. Their other outreach programs include the STEM Bus, which is a mobile fabrication laboratory (“FAB LAB”) that provides STEM access to elementary students, as well as supporting various LEGO robotics programs in elementary and middle schools throughout the Gorge. The GTA appreciates and recognizes the hard work and dedication of the team members, its coaches and mentors, and all other supporters in fulfillment of the team’s goals. The GTA is rooting for the team as they attend competitions in 2022. You can find out more about the A05 Hood River Valley High School Robotics Team here.