Students plan First Friday Engineering Fair

Payton Rigert and Victoria Kohner-Flanahan have a mission. These two students from Hood River Valley High School want to help the community learn about all the amazing engineering opportunities in our classrooms and businesses.

“Lots of people in Hood River don’t know the amount of engineering happening at companies like Insitu and Cloud Cap, or even just at the high school!” Rigert said in a press release. “We came up with the idea of an engineering fair to share the message and to grow as a fun event over time.”

The engineering fair will take place as part of the June 6 First Friday in a closed block of Oak Street between First and Second streets from 5 to 7 p.m. Students will demonstrate projects from the robotics, engineering and electric car classes at the high school.

FIRST Tech Challenge robotics teams from around the region have been invited to a scrimmage and spectators are welcome to show their skills driving a robot for a chance to win coupons and raffle prizes donated by Shortt Supply, Andrew’s Pizza and other downtown businesses.

The Gorge MakerSpace, quadcopters with Hoverlabs, mini wind turbine kits from Columbia Gorge Community College and businesses like Google and others will also be there with fun activities.

Rigert and Kohner-Flanahan thank the City of Hood River for donating the costs to cover closing the city block and the Gorge Tech Alliance for helping promote the event. “The science, technology, engineering and math programs in our schools are providing amazing opportunities for students like me,” Kohner-Flanahan said. “We feel so grateful to be growing up here and wanted to give back.”

For more information, contact Rigert at 541-490-4919.

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