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Robotics training comes to Moro, The Dalles

The Gorge Technology Alliance (GTA) is hosting two free robotics trainings in honor of National Robotics Week (April 6 to 14).

Students ages 9 to 14 should register soon to participate April 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in The Dalles or April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Moro.

This free training will assist both beginners and people with advanced construction and programming skills on the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics kits. Robots will be provided by StRUT (Students Recycling Used Technology) and the alliance’s loaner robotics program, which can loan robots and laptops to any school or youth group in the five-county Columbia Gorge region. This fun training will give 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 in public education for 12-years and was honored twice as Rotary’s educator of the year. Most recently, Willie served as the Oregon SW Washington FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Senior Mentor. In 2012, he received LEGO Education’s Award of Excellence for teaching students to use the Mindstorm NXT Robot.

The Gorge Technology Alliance is a non-profit 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 or by contacting Jessica Metta, executive director of the GTA, at 541-296-2266.


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