P1060651FIRST Robotics is hosting a high school robotics competition this weekend (April 4 & 5) at OSU Gill Coliseum. It is the first time that this event has been held in Corvallis. Corvallis HS, Crescent Valley HS, and Philomath HS will be among 30 teams competing to go to regionals in Portland. Admission and parking is free so bring the entire family. See schedule below.

The robotics program is a STEM program that encourages high schoolers to apply engineering and math to build a robot to achieve a variety of tasks. It also encourages problem solving, critical thinking, and team work. If you want to learn more about what the robotics program is about, stop by the pit area and ask for a tour. Any team would be happy to tell you about what they do.

Friday, April 4

1:50 pm                               Opening Ceremonies

2:15-4:30 pm                     Qualification Matches

5:00-7:00 pm                    Qualification Matches

Saturday, April 5

9:00-9:30 am                    Opening Ceremonies

9:30-12:00 pm                  Qualification Matches

12:00-12:15 pm                 Alliance Selections

1:15-4:30 pm                      Final Rounds

4:30 pm                               Awards Ceremony

UPDATE: Competition Results

Here are the results of the FIRST Robotics Competition at Gill Coliseum…

Corvallis High School placed second overall out of 30 teams. Both CV and CHS qualified for District Competition in Portland facing over 100 teams from the Pacific Northwest.  The majority of the teams in were from well-funded teams from Washington with major support from Boeing. Yet, Corvallis and Crescent Valley qualified for the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis on April 23-26, 2014, representing a total of four robotics teams in Oregon to go.

In nine days, these young adults have an opportunity to compete with hundreds of other teams from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Israel, etc. As a College that supports STEM how can we show our support for robotics in our own community? If you are interested in discussing outreach opportunities or donations, please contact Sue Helback.

Follow live action at the FIRST World Competition (see FRC = “First Robotics Competition”.)


It’s official: American Promise director Michèle Stephenson is coming to OSU next month.  Our College of Education CLD group is organizing and hosting her visit with the generous support of several campus partners.

  • On Monday, April 14, we will show the short 30 minute version of the film and host a panel discussion about the Black male experience in predominately White schools. This will take place in the Corvallis High School Theater, starting at 4 PM.
  • On Tuesday, April 15, we will show the longer 80 minute version of the film, followed by a talk with director Michèle Stephenson.  This will start at 7 PM in Milam Auditorium.

American Promise poster with sponsors

American Promise follows two boys, one of which is Michèle’s son Idris, from kindergarten through high school graduation.  It centers on their experiences as two of just a few African-Americans at the prestigious Dalton School.  It speaks to the unique experience of African-American boys in schools, to visibly standing out as an ‘only’ at school, to parenting styles/concerns, to issues of social class, etc.

View the official American Promise film trailer below.

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The College of Education participated in yesterday’s National Day of Service in observation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s service and legacy, by gathering at College Hill High School for a joint service project.

In total, 19 people volunteered for a total of 53 service hours given to College Hill High School

Here’s a collage of photos from yesterday’s event: