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About GEAR-Tech-21

GEAR-Tech-21 teaches robotics, GPS, and GIS technologies through building and programming a robot, navigation, and mapmaking activities.

We help you with step-by-step guides and resources. It’s real learning with real adventures! Your club can even compete in virtual competitions with teams located across the country.

GEAR-Tech-21 is based on the Nebraska Robotics and GPS/GIS in 4-H: Workforce Skills for the 21st Century program and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

The program includes:

  • Innovative curriculum and educator’s guide for 300 instruction hours set over a two-year period.
  • Summer camps with camp-in-a-box organizational resources, coordinated by Nebraska 4-H and local programs across the country. Camp programs are available for beginner and advanced levels.
  • Annual national 4-H robotics virtual competitions.


This web site is in the process of being moved and will no longer be available; please refer to Nebraska Robotics ( regarding FIRST information.
GEAR-Tech-21 Equipment Rental for 2014-15 School Year

GT21 Users:

GEAR-Tech-21 clubs can now request robots and GPS units for the 2014-15 school year!  

Item Price Quantity
NXT Mindstorm $40 Up to 6
EV3 $60 Up to 6
GPS Unit $15 Up to 10
Tetrix Kit $60 Up to 2
WeDo Kit $30 Up to 3









To requiest equipment:

  • Read the Equipment Rental Policies and Procedures.
  • Submit an Equipment Request Form.
  • Follow the procedures in the response email.  Equipment is delegated on a first-come, first-served basis.  You will be required to complete an Equipment Agreement Form and submit payment prior to the shipment of your equipment.

All equipment is due back to the Nebraska State 4-H Office on or before May 15, 2015.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

GT21 Staff

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Year 1 Camp Curriculum now available for download

The Year 1 Camp curriculum is now available as a downloadable, off-line Adobe Air "app."

Welcome, Ruth!

GEAR-Tech-21 would like to welcome Ruth Irons to our group!  As many of you know, Kathy Morgan has accepted a position with FIRST.  Ruth will be covering many of Kathy's tasks.  Her email is, and she can be reached by phone at 402.472.5027.

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Return GEAR-Tech-21 Equipment by May 15

If you have robotics kits, GPS units, cables, or other GEAR-Tech-21 equipment, everything is due back at the Nebraska State 4-H office by Tuesday, May 15.

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