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Volunteers needed, community invited to Gorge Robotics Tournaments in December

Water Wise Water Wizards Lego Robotics team greets Hood River Saturday Market visitors with a presentation on water preservation tips for homeowners, namely how to retain and reuse graywater. From left are Eleanor Arbogast, Jordan Stasik, Mikell Stasik, Nathan Marquez, Raven Levine, and Elijah Pate. The team includes HRMS and home school students. (Not pictured: Clara Parkinson.) Using props the group described the costs and benefits of routing the water used in clothes washing through a window and into the garden. See the Water Wizards in a video at hoodrivernews.com/media — which includes the information regarding a DEQ permit for this type of system.

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Water Wise Water Wizards Lego Robotics team greets Hood River Saturday Market visitors with a presentation on water preservation tips for homeowners, namely how to retain and reuse graywater. From left are Eleanor Arbogast, Jordan Stasik, Mikell Stasik, Nathan Marquez, Raven Levine, and Elijah Pate. The team includes HRMS and home school students. (Not pictured: Clara Parkinson.) Using props the group described the costs and benefits of routing the water used in clothes washing through a window and into the garden. See the Water Wizards in a video at hoodrivernews.com/media — which includes the information regarding a DEQ permit for this type of system.



Organizers for the annual Columbia Gorge First Lego League (FLL) Tournaments are seeking volunteers to help with the events. Volunteers with all skill sets are needed — no robotics experience necessary — for this fun, rewarding experience, said a press release. The events are Dec. 2 at Hood River Middle School and Dec. 9 and 10 at The Dalles Middle School. If you can volunteer for one or more days (roughly 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.), contact Jessica Metta at 541-296-2266.

If you can’t volunteer, come watch the fun and support local students. Families and robot lovers of all ages are invited to watch robots compete at the FLL Tournaments with the best viewing time from roughly 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day (except during a lunch break). Competing teams in the Gorge come from schools in Dufur, Centerville, Goldendale, Hood River, Klickitat, Mosier, Odell, Skamania, Stevenson, The Dalles, Trout Lake and White Salmon. These tournaments are local qualifiers for the international FLL robotics competition for kids ages 9-14. Winners travel to the state tournaments in Hillsboro on Jan. 13-14.

These events are held locally by the Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) with support from Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program, Columbia Gorge STEM Hub, North Wasco County School District 21 and Hood River County School District. The main event sponsors include Google, Hood Tech and Insitu with additional support from Electronics Assemblers and Prigel Machine.

In FLL competitions, teams use off-the-shelf LEGO robotics kits to construct working robots which compete on a 4-foot by 8-foot playing field. Each year, FLL defines a challenge that drives team activities. In this fall’s challenge, “Hydro Dynamics,” students have been learning all about water — how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. What might become possible when we understand what happens to our water? Each team participates in several rounds of judging, including robot design and programming, teamwork, completion of water research and of course the robot battle on the playing field. For more information, visit gorgerobotics.org.



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