GEARS "Garrett Engineering And Robotics Society"

An Educational Nonprofit created to provide a home for robotics teams and projects in Garrett County MD.

GEARS is located in Accident Maryland, at the Central Garrett Industrial Park. We use 6000 Sq Ft of industrial space to support a wide range of youth robotics programs. Our grass-roots anchor activity is SuGO (Sumo Wrestling LEGO robots) which runs on the first Sunday of every month. GEARS also supports HighSchool FIRST Robotics and FIRST Tech Challenge teams with full-size competitiod fields and workshop facilities.

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The intent of is to augment the TETRIX, LEGO and MATRIX robot system kits with a few select assemblies/mechanisms that might be useful for this year’s game challenge. For the purpose of this rule, Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) assemblies are considered to be component parts that have been fitted together or parts that have been pre-formed or pre-fabricated by a supplier to perform a given function. In general, COTS are not permitted with the following exceptions:

a. Linear Slides
b. Non-motorized Turntables and Lazy Susans.
c. Lead Screws and threaded rod plus compatible nuts.
d. Servo blocks (e.g. ServoCity Part # SB608SH and SB609SH), shaft adaptors, servo arms, ball links, shaft clamps
e. #25 or #35 chain with associated links.
f. Timing belts of any size and pitch.
g. Gears of any size and pitch, including non-circular gears such as rack, worm, bevel, etc.
h. Sprockets of any size and pitch.
i. Pulleys including sheaves, timing belt, etc.
j. Springs of any type and material (coil, extension, compression, leaf, etc.) that are used in a safe manner.
k. Fasteners of any size, including nuts, bolts, screws, shoulder screws, washers, spacers, shaft collars, shaft couplers, rivets, Velcro, etc.
l. Bearings of any type and material. Including bushings, roller bearings, etc.
m. PVC, CPVC, PEX piping and fittings.
n. Extruded or T-slot aluminum construction material along with all compatible brackets and fittings (i.e. 80-20, Macron Dynamics, etc.).
o. Wheels of any type up to 4” diameter. Wheels that have exposed features likely to cause damage to field and/or game elements are not allowed.
p. Allowable COTS parts may be acquired from any source and in any quantity.

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