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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.


As of July 1, 2016 this site will no longer be available; please refer to Nebraska Robotics ( regarding FIRST information.
GEAR-Tech-21 Equipment Rental for 2014-15 School Year

Equipment is no longer available for rental.

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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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