The Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program (ORTOP), a statewide nonprofit, received a $9,000 grant from The Wildhorse Foundation.
The funds will be used to support multiple robotics teams and tournaments in Northeast counties by reducing financial barriers for students involved in ORTOP programs in Morrow, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties.
The grant will support ORTOP teams that would otherwise not be able to participate, and is part of a community-wide initiative of volunteer coaches, referees, and judges, from northeastern Oregon. Funds will be used to support students in grades 4-12 with assistance to form new teams, provide training for team coaches, and support local tournaments.
ORTOP is the delivery partner in Oregon for FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). FIRST was founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.
FIRST builds a robotics community through accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. ORTOP collaborates with more than a thousand dedicated volunteers to bring FIRST programs to communities across Oregon.