Frequently Asked Questions

What is GEAR?

GEAR is an acronym for Getting Excited About Robotics.  GEAR is also 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.

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What robotics platform does GEAR use?

GEAR uses the LEGO NXT 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.

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

The LEGO NXT & EV3 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 build robots using the Lego NXT kits.

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Who can participate in GEAR?

GEAR is open to all children between the ages of 9 to 14 years of age.

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How many teams can we register for a torunament?

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.  Check with your local tournament coordinator in case there is a cap on how many teams can be registered.

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How much does it cost to register a team?

GEAR is free to register for most events, but some events may have a small entry fee in order to cover the cost of hosting the vent.  There are some costs that the team must bear associated with participating (travel, purchase of a kit, materials, etc.) but they are minimal.

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