GEAR - Get Excited About Robotics



Get Excited About RoboticsGEAR Robotics Challenge

GEAR provides an exciting hands-on LEGO robotics challenge to elementary and middle school students at no participation fee, with the goal of increasing interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines while offering mentoring opportunities to engineering undergraduate students at Texas Tech University in an effort to improve their education and increase retention rates.

GEAR itself (found at is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization that was created to foster interest among today's youth in engineering, science, and technology. It provides the game rules for the annual competition with instructions on how to build game tables and where to purchase game elements. GEAR also maintains a Question and Answer section on its website. GEAR tournaments are held at various locations listed on the GEAR website.

GEAR Highlights

  • GEAR tournaments are held across Texas. Rules and challenges are provided by GEARrobotics.
  • More than 500 students from 50 elementary and middle schools from all over the South Plains participated in the GEAR 2013 challenge at Texas Tech University.
  • School teams in Lubbock are mentored by engineering students.
  • Of the 315 students who voluntarily participated in a survey in 2010, 40% reported their ethnicity as Hispanic, 45% qualified for free school lunch, and 42% were girls.
  • Participation is open to all elementary and middle schools. There is no participation fee.

Event Information (2016)


  • February 13 - Kickoff Event at Texas Tech
  • March 5 - Trial Run at TTU Rec Center
  • April 16 - Game Day at TTU Rec Center


Please fill out the online registration form , which was developed by Kaylie Ritter from Groom ISD. Thank you Kaylie for supporting GEAR with your technology expertise!


Dr. Tanja Karp
Associate Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79409-3102
Phone: 806.742.3533 ext. 251

Participating Schools (2013)

Texas Tech GEAR Sponsors

HalliburtonAlpha IndustriesWhitacre College of Engineering