GEAR FAQ’s


  1. What is GEAR?
  2. What robotics platform does GEAR use?
  3. I do not have experience building robots. Do you have any suggestions?
  4. Who can participate in GEAR?
  5. How many teams can a school register?
  6. How much does it cost to register a team?

1.
What is GEAR? top

GEAR Robotics is a volunteer based non-profit 501(c)3 organization aimed at getting young students interested in engineering, math, science and technology by participating in a sports-like robotics competition using Lego robotics kits.

2.
What robotics platform does GEAR use? top

GEAR uses the LEGO Mindstorms (NXT & EV3) robotics kits, plus a few off the shelf items that can usually be found around the home or school such as a pencil, a foam cup, rubber bands, etc.

3.
I do not have experience building robots. Do you have any suggestions? top

The LEGO Mindstorms Kits are easy to use and have great documentation included. Students, teachers and mentors can use the enclosed building guides to build an program robots with ease. Also there are great resources on the internet on how to use the kits

4.
Who can participate in GEAR? top

GEAR is open to all children between the ages of 9 to 13 years of age. The tournament is also open to any youth or civic organization group that have a mentor willing sponsor their team.

5.
How many teams can a school register? top

Schools may register as many teams as possible, however there may not be enough seats depending on the capacity of the local tournament. If you have a large amount of teams, you may consider hosting a GEAR tournament.

6.
How much does it cost to register a team? top

There is no cost (in most cases)  to register  a team, however the team must bear the costs associated with participating (travel, purchase of a kit, etc.)