LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - If you love robotics and LEGOs then a partnership between Texas Tech and elementary and middle school students may interest you.
GEAR, which stands for Get Excited About Robotics, provides a hands-on LEGO robotics challenge to elementary and middle school students from all over the South Plains.
School teams in Lubbock are mentored by engineering undergraduate students at Tech.
The goal is to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
128 teams put their robots to the test today - a project they've worked on for the last eight weeks.
"They build it, they test it, they troubleshoot it, and then they go and prove it. In addition they also learn many of the important 21st century skills: work with technology, meet deadlines, work well as a team, get along as a team." Dr. Tonja Karp said.
Participation is open to all elementary and middle schools free of charge.