GEAR - Geauga Engineering and Robotics
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GEAR Wins Five Awards at 2018 National Robotics Challenge!

Check out our awards page!

GEAR Wins Seven Awards at 2017 National Robotics Challenge!

Watch our video of 2017 NRC!

Check out our awards page for more videos and photos!

Electrical Safety

All GEAR projects involving electricity employ voltages below 20 volts. This policy eliminates the dangers of working with higher voltages. While many electronic devices are powered from low voltage sources (e.g. batteries), many others are powered by higher voltage AC sources (e.g., 120 volts) supplied in the home via electrical outlets. As our members become proficient in electronics work, they may desire to take on repair work or projects that employ higher voltages for power. While this type of work will not be done as part of the GEAR curriculum, our advisors would like to offer some information for you to consider as parents and club members. Please review the information provided in the link below before proceeding with any work involving voltages higher than 20 volts.

Electrical Safety

GEAR Curriculum

The curriculum is now divided into a page for each of our groups:

Lesson for Juniors

Lessons for First Year Seniors

Lessons for Second Year Seniors

Lessons for Third Year Seniors

Lessons for Fourth Year Seniors

GEAR Journeymen Page


NEW! Prosthetics Project.

e-NABLE is a network of thousands of volunteers around the world, making prostheses (artificial arms and hands) for people in need. This is a wonderful service opportunity for GEAR members. Our adviser, Mr. La Favre, recently earned badges in fabrication and assembly of the UnLimbited Arm version 2.1. He is now qualified to build arms for people in need and able to help our members become qualified fabricators and assemblers.

You can see the arm the Mr. La Favre built to earn his badges in fabrication and assembly at this page:

NRC Autonomous Vehicle Challenge project

For the 2019 NRC, GEAR will be entering a new competition, the AVC. GEAR's AVC page

NRC Micromouse project

For the 2019 NRC, GEAR might be entering another new competition, the micromouse contest. GEAR's Micromouse page

NRC Rescue Robot contest

The Art and Science of Selecting Robot Motors
By John Piccirillo, Ph.D. (GEAR thanks Dr. Piccirillo for permission to post a copy of his paper)

Manual for Radio Controller used on our robots


Learning to use computer-aided design (CAD) software

Members wishing to use the new club 3-D printer for GEAR projects will need to learn how to use CAD software. Use the link below to get started learning CAD.

Learn CAD


Preparing for your Internet of Things (IoT) project

If you are thinking about doing an Internet of Things project, it is a good idea to learn about how the Internet works. This page can help

Astronomy projects

If you are thinking about doing an astronomy project: This page can help



Last update: April 7, 2020