The challenge allows students to put engineering skills to the test.
WHAT: Get Excited About Robotics (GEAR) Competition Day
WHEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (April 11)
WHERE: Texas Tech Rec Center Basketball Courts
EVENT: Get Excited about Robotics (GEAR) is an eight-week LEGO robotics challenge for elementary and middle school students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Student teams build and program LEGO robots, using EV3/MINDSTORMS EV3 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 8-foot-by-8-foot field.
Texas Tech freshman engineering students mentor the elementary and middle school students and assist with robot programming. The competition for elementary students runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., while the competition for middle school students runs from 1-5 p.m.
During the last six years, Texas Tech served as a local GEAR hub for the competition in Lubbock. During this time period, the competition has grown from a trial run held with Harwell Elementary School in 2006 to a competition with 150 participating teams. This year, more than 700 students from more than 50 schools from the Lubbock area and across the South Plains will participate.
CONTACT: Tanja Karp, associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Whitacre College of Engineering, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3533 ext. 251, or firstname.lastname@example.org.