Businesses, organizations sought for Gorge STEM Fair

Columbia Gorge STEM Hub and Hood River Valley High School’s Steelhead Robotics Team are seeking businesses and organizations to sign-up to host booths at the annual Gorge STEM Fair. This free event, open to the public, will be held June 1 from 5-7 p.m. in downtown Hood River.

“The goal of the event is to create a space with STEM in the spotlight — our community has thriving STEM businesses and educational programs and it’s important to recognize that,” said Elizabeth Bailey, senior at HRVHS and captain of Steelhead Robotics Team.

Representatives from local businesses, nonprofits, and schools, whose core work directly relates to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), will be in attendance hosting interactive booths. The U.S. Forest Service-Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area will be providing an overview of wildland fire modeling, the Discovery Center is planning a Cascade Volcanoes booth, and Immense Imagery will live stream the event using a drone. School groups from around the Gorge will also host booths. For example, Dorinda Belcher from White Salmon Valley School District with her #STEMinists will present puffer fish and buoyancy experiments.

Gorge STEM Fair aims to cultivate interest in STEM fields, raise awareness of the breadth of STEM careers in the Gorge, and celebrate the ways students can get involved in STEM opportunities. The event is open to all, but specifically targeted towards families with school-aged children. It will be a celebration of exploration, creation, and learning.

For more information and to sign up, visit Gorge STEM Fair is hosted by Columbia Gorge STEM Hub and HRVHS Steelhead Robotics Team.

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