Robotics team raises funds for trip to Worlds

Occam’s Razor robotics team from Hood River Valley High School is asking for help from the community in its plans to attend the World First Tech Challenge competition in St. Louis next month.

To help the team in its goal of going to Worlds, make an online donation to the group’s Go Fund Me account at, or write a check to HRVHS noting Occam’s Razor in the comment field. Unused funds will remain in the HRVHS Robotics program. All donations are run through the school and are tax deductible.

To help the team with a monetary donation, visit their Go Fund Me page at

The team took one of two Gold Finalist spots in the west coast Super Regionals in Oakland, Calif., last month, not the state competition as the March 30 article stated. The article should have mentioned that the Blue Steel team was the first to go to nationals in 2012. Also, Susan Winner is the team’s coach; the team is assisted by Jeff Blackman, HRVHS engineering department head.

A total of 15 Oregon robotics teams made up of middle and high school students were among 72 teams representing 12 western states. During the winter season, each team designed and built a custom robot to compete in this year’s challenge called Res-Q. Seven of the Oregon teams will go on to compete at the First Tech Challenge World Championship in St. Louis, Mo., on April 27-30.

After nine qualifying rounds, Occam’s Razor ranked eighth in the Gold Division, earning them a spot in the Second Place Alliance. With their two alliance partners, they won the semi-final round, but were eliminated from the competition in the Gold Division Finals. The team’s achievements allowed them to advance to the FTC World Championships.

Occam’s Razor members are Blake Winner, Jake Kinney, Michael Guzman, Will Ferrick, and Victoria Kohner-Flanagan. Sponsors are Hood River School District, Gorge Technology Alliance, Robichaud Batten Systems, Hogg & Davis, Inc, Waste Watch Inc, Decavo, Insitu and Google.

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