Arlington Public Library Hosted 4th GEAR Robotics Competition
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, 37 teams from around North Texas gather to compete in the Arlington Library hosted GEAR Robotics Competition. GEAR stands for Get Excited About Robotics and is a non-profit organization aimed at getting elementary and middle school students interesting in robotics. The Arlington Public Library has hosted the competition for the last four years. This year the competition took place at the Arlington ISD’s Dan Dipert Career and Technical Center. After the first three seeding rounds the field was whittled down to the top 8 teams in the semi-finals and then the final four teams battled it out for ranking. The GEAR Robotics competition awards 12 different trophies.
And the Winners Were…
In First Place: From Martin’s Mill ISD the Spicy Boys with 550 points
In Second Place: An Arlington Home-schooled Team the Awkward Arm with 445 points
In Third Place: From Martin’s Mill ISD the Wild Thing with 375 points
In Fourth Place: From Martin’s Mill ISD the Zoo Keepers with 320 points.
The Pinnacle Award is given to the team with the single most points in a round during the seeding rounds. The winner was the Spicy Boys from Martin’s Mill ISD with 205 points.
The Programming Award is given to the team who demonstrates successful techniques programming and software documentation and revision control. The winner was Legendary Robot from Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.
The Best Theme Award is given to the team who best reflects the theme of the contest through style and dress. The winner was Wildlife Big 5 from Arlington ISD.
The GEAR Head Award is given to the team whose robot exhibits creative use of available materials in an unusual way. The winner was Team Charlton from Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.
The Most Elegant Robot Award is given to the team whose robot makes the judges say “WOW”. The winner was the Zoo Keepers from Martin’s Mill ISD.
The Judge’s Award is given to the team who the judges deem is worthy of recognition but does not fit a specific category. The winner was Team Alpha from Grapevine-Colleyville ISD.
The most prestigious award given out at the competition involving gameplay as well as the criteria below is the Young Engineers Award. This award is given to the team who excels in the following areas:
- Ability to demonstrate and describe robot design
- Robot Performance
- Team Sportsmanship on and off the field
- Overall Team Image
- Team Essay or Notebook
In First Place: An Arlington Homeschooled Team the Knights
In Second Place: From Arlington ISD the Wildlife Big 5
We hope you join us next year for the 2019 GEAR Robotics Competition!