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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.

GEAR-Tech-21 is current in its second National Science Foundation grant to “scale up” the project, and increase participation to be nationwide.

Parents, volunteers, and youth - you can start your own GEAR-Tech-21 group in your area or coordinate a GEAR-Tech-21 summer camp.

Register your GEAR-Tech-21 Club

Is your group planning to use GEAR-Tech-21 curriculum?

Sign up now to be a GEAR-Tech-21 club using the Club Registration Form.

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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:


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

Borrow Equipment from GEAR-Tech-21

GEAR-Tech-21 has a limited amount of equipment to loan to clubs! In order to complete the full range of GEAR-Tech-21 activities, computers, LEGO NXT robotics kits and handheld GPS units are needed.  See the Equipment List for everything that is used in GEAR-Tech-21.

Clubs will be charged a rental fee of $40 per NXT robotics kit, $60 for the EV3 robotics kits and $60 for a Tetrics kit, $30 for a WeDo kit, and $15 per GPS unit.  This will help pay for shipping to your site and kit maintenance. Clubs are responsible for the cost of shipping the kits back to the Nebraska 4-H State office. In order to reach the largest number of groups possible, each club is limited to three robotics kits and three GPS units. Equipment requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with preference to groups who plan to use the full GEAR-Tech-21 curriculum. Equipment is loaned to clubs beginning September 1 and are due back by May 15 annually.  Rental fees are the same if you choose to use the equipment for a shorter amount of time.  Please return the kits as soon as you finish with them so that they can be loaned to a new group. Nebraska 4-H does not loan computers or LEGO NXT-G software with the kits. 

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









Clubs will need to obtain your own copy of the software before your kits are delivered. If any damage beyond normal use occurs to the equipment, your club may be billed for the replacement costs ($400 per robotics kit and $150 per GPS unit). To Borrow Equipment: Submit an Equipment Request Form Receive an e-mail with the status of your request within 3 days of submitting your request form. If your request is approved, the e-mail will include the Equipment Agreement Form.  Fill out, sign, and mail the form back to GEAR-Tech-21. Include the rental fee with your Equipment Agreement Form.  At this time, we are only able to accept checks but hope to offer a credit card option soon. Equipment will be shipped to you in time for your requested arrival date. Inventory equipment upon arrival, and before return. Ship equipment back to GEAR-Tech-21 before your requested return date.  Equipment borrowed during the school year is due back by May 15. If you have questions or a special request, please contact us.

2014 National 4-H Youth Robotics Summit

The National Youth Summit is a series of national conferences for high school students in 4-H. A Summit on Robotics will be held February 13-17, 2014 at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD (Washington, DC area). Participating students advance their skills in different subject areas, meet and learn from industry mentors, and explore possible career paths. All students and their adult chaperone will be taught how to re-teach this material to others in their clubs, schools, and communities.

Registration for the Robotics Summit is at

For more information, contact Sarah Vining at

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