Get Excited About Robotics (GEAR)
- GEAR is an annual 6-8 week LEGO® robotics challenge for elementary and middle school students during which student teams build and program LEGO® robots (using the Mindstorms NXT kits) to perform specified tasks.
- To solve the challenge, students learn engineering skills through a teaming exercise in designing, building, programming, testing, and troubleshooting wheeled LEGO® robots that perform and compete on an eight foot by eight foot field.
- GEAR itself is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 volunteer organization, which was created to foster interest among today’s youth in a career in engineering, science or technology.
- GEAR provides the game rules for the annual competition together with instructions on how to build game tables and pieces.
- Since 2006 a GEAR competition is held at Texas Tech University.
- Participation is open to all elementary and middle schools.
- Each school can have several participating teams.
- School teams visit the TTU campus for kickoff, a trial run, and game day.
- Game pieces are distributed to schools at no participation fee.
- A limited number of LEGO® Mindstorms NXT kits are made available to schools.
- During the 6-8 week competition school teams meet at their school with a teacher coaching the teams.
- Selection of participants is decided by the school GEAR coach.
Whitacre College of Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Dr. Tanja Karp
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Project Time Period
Every Spring: February to April
Target Age Group