Each school will be provided with a GEAR game mat and a set of game pieces. Schools
can request up to six NXT kits for the duration of the competition. However, resources
are limited. Please return this form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 806.742.1245.
2013 Participating Schools
GEAR provides schools with a large degree of flexibility in how and to what extent
they want to participate in the competition. In the past, participation has varied
from a single team with three participants at one school, to up to 10 teams with more
50 participants from another. All participating school teams need to have a teacher
to sponsor the school team(s).
Schools decide how they want to participate in the GEAR competition. In the past,
some schools offered LEGO robotics as an after school activity, while others incorporated
the activity into their math, science, technology, or GT classes. Teams meet between
once a week after school to five days a week in class. Students must have access to
a computer lab at the schools in order to program their robots.
Participating in the GEAR competition is free of charge, but registration is required.
Each participating school will receive a set of game pieces, a game mat, and the competition
rules during the kick-off event.
A limited number of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kits are available for schools to check out
for the duration of the competition.
The competition will be partly organized by engineering freshmen students enrolled
in ENGR 1315: Introduction to Engineering.
They will be available to mentor school teams and assist coaches in the Lubbock area.
They will have prior experience with the design and programming process of LEGO MINDSTORMS
Engineering students will be teamed up with schools depending on their schedule.
The GEAR competition serves as a service learning project in the class, and students
will receive course credit for participation.
Research has shown that an early exposure to meaningful engineering design projects
improves the level of understanding.
Service learning also improves retention rates among engineering freshmen.
We will offer webinars and online mentoring for participating schools farther away