The TTU GEAR tournament is held annually in during the spring semester. It is open to students in grades K-8 from all schools / after school clubs that are sponsored by a teacher or coach. Sign-up of individual students is not possible. The competition challenge changes annually, but a set of general rules remains the same every year.
The tournament offers a large degree of flexibility in how and to what extent schools / after school clubs want to participate in the 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 gifted and talented GT classes. Teams meet between once a week after school to five days a week in class. Each participating team must have a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 or NXT robotics kit and access to a computer / laptop in order to program their robot.
Starting 2017, TTU will host two competitions in Texas, one in Lubbock and one in Midland. Winning teams will participate in playoffs on the TTU campus. Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Each school / after school club can participate with up to 8 teams in one of the two competition locations. A limited number of LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT kits are available for schools to check out for the duration of the competition. The competition consists of the events:
|Lubbock and Midland||TTU Playoffs|
|Trial Run||March 4|
|Game Day||April 8|
|Playoffs||April 29||April 29|
Registration for the 2017 GEAR tournaments in Lubbock and Midland is due by December 20, 2016. Please fill out the online registration form https://goo.gl/forms/fOEkq12oTsAqsMly2 .
We regularly send out information and updates regarding the TTU GEAR tournament using Google Groups. If you are interested in receiving emails regarding the TTU GEAR tournament, please ask to join our Google Group; https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/gear-ttu
|Dr. Tanja Karp
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX 79409-3102
Phone: 806.742.3533 ext. 251
Whitacre College of Engineering STEM
Texas Tech University
Office of the Dean of Engineering
Lubbock, TX 79409−3103