Help researchers by contributing computing time on your computer when it is idle. To learn more CLICK HERE.
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.
The curriculum is now divided into a page for each of our groups:
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. http://enablingthefuture.org/
You can see the arm the Mr. La Favre built to earn his badges in fabrication and assembly at this page: http://lafavre.us/robotics/prosthetic/jeff/unlimbited_arm_parts.htm.
For the 2019 NRC, GEAR will be entering a new competition, the AVC. GEAR's AVC page
For the 2019 NRC, GEAR might be entering another new competition, the micromouse contest. GEAR's Micromouse page
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)
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.
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
If you are thinking about doing an astronomy project: This page can help
Last update: April 7, 2020