Provide 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 and improving retention of engineering
undergraduate students at Texas Tech.
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