Geared Up: New program from FIRST Robotics

FIRST Robotics announced a new program called Geared UP, a program designed to help fill a gap in STEM learning in middle and high school education. Because each lesson is tied to core academic standards*, the program can be used to supplement classroom instruction or as an after-school program. Currently offered programs include Intro and Advanced. Focusing upon building STEM-based skills, students use a kit of parts and participate in weekly remote activities to build and program their own robot which could become theirs at the end of the program.

Included with each kit are:

  • 9 Hours Of Weekly On-Line Instruction With A Trained Instructor
  • Full Kit Of Parts For 15 Students To Build Their Own Working Robots
  • 2 Hours Of Optional On-Line Support For Educators And/Or Students
  • Access To Instructional Videos And Other Resources

The program includes 15 Robot Kits that students will build and investigate over the course. The robots are based on current technology and utilize typical engineering and industrial concepts throughout the course.

Geared Up Robot

More information about Geared Up and other FIRST-related programs can be found at or

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