GTA Supports Wind Challenge in 2016

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) announces it will be helping organize the 5th annual Wind Challenge in partnership with Google and Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC).  During the Wind Challenge, teams of high school or middle school students from across the Gorge race against the clock to build the strongest, fastest wind turbines.

“Google and the CGCC have been sponsoring the Wind Challenge for years now, as part of their work to bring hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities to area students,” says GTA Executive Director Jessica Metta. “With the work the GTA does to support STEM education in the region, it was natural fit for the GTA to become more involved this year.”

The successful event was created by CGCC’s Renewable Energy Technology (RET) program in 2012 as a way to spark student and community interest in science and technology. The number of teams participating has grown over the years with Google joining in to support the event. Planning for the 2016 event is in the works with team registration open and volunteer recruitment started. Join in the fun on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles. Visit to learn more, register a team or sign up as a volunteer. Contact Jessica with questions at 541-296-2266 or