Robotics FLL kicks off, coach training offered

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) season is kicking off as school is back in session. FLL is a team engineering and science program for kids ages nine to 14 that culminates in an international robotics tournament. The first competitions that local teams participate in are the Columbia Gorge FLL Qualifying Tournaments in December. This year’s theme is “World Class: Learning Unleashed,” with students working to redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Team registration open now and will close likely mid-September — sign up as soon as possible!

Parents who are looking to get their students signed up for a team are encouraged to first ask if their school has a team. Coaches for new teams or teams receiving a scholarship are required to attend a free training in Hood River on Sat., Sept. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Hood River OSU Extension Office (2990 Experiment Station Dr.). This class teaches about the FLL tournament and the robot, using the latest EV3 robot model from LEGO this year.

Planning for the Gorge’s FLL Qualifying Tournaments is also already in the works. Tentative dates and locations are Dec. 6 and 7 at The Dalles Middle School and Dec. 13 and 14 at Wy’east Middle School in Odell. Volunteers are needed. One-day or multi-day volunteer options are available in this fun way to give back to the community.

For more information about all of the above, visit or contact Jessica Metta at 541-296-2266.

Gorge robotics activities, the website and the FLL Qualifying Tournaments are supported regionally by the Gorge Technology Alliance, a non-profit professional organization that seeks to support, connect and develop the technology community of the Gorge. Learn more at

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