Friday, March 29, 2013
The Gorge Technology Alliance is hosting two free robotics trainings in honor of National Robotics Week, April 6-14. Register students ages 9-14 now to participate on April 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in The Dalles or April 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Moro.
This free training will provide both beginner and advanced construction and programming action on the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics kits. Robots will be provided by StRUT (Students Recycling Used Technology) and the GTA’s loaner robotics program, which can loan robots and laptops to any school or youth group in the five-county Gorge region.
This fun training will get students hands-on experience with the NXT sensors, motors and programming and give them a few team challenges to tackle during the day. The training will be provided by Marty Willie, who has previously worked in public education for 12-years and honored twice as Rotary’s Educator of the Year.
Most recently, Marty served as the Oregon-Southwest Washington FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) senior mentor.
In 2012, Marty received LEGO Education’s Award of Excellence for teaching students to use the Mindstorm NXT Robot.
The Gorge Technology Alliance is a nonprofit professional organization that supports, connects and develops the technology community of the Columbia River Gorge. From networking events to youth robotics events, the GTA supports the tech businesses in the region.
Register for the training or learn more at GorgeRobotics.org or by contacting Jessica Metta, GTA executive director, at 541-296-2266.
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