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Gearcats Robotics


FTC (First Tech Challenge) Team 7305, the GearCats, is a middle school FIRST robotics team in Ann Arbor, Michigan. GearCats robots are constructed from custom and Tetrix components and driven by Java programming. GearCats are sponsored by Maker Works and FRC (First Robotics Competition) Team 830, the RatPack.

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Gearcats Robotics


FTC (First Tech Challenge) Team 7305, the GearCats, is a middle school FIRST robotics team in Ann Arbor, Michigan. GearCats robots are constructed from custom and Tetrix components and driven by Java programming. GearCats are sponsored by Maker Works and FRC (First Robotics Competition) Team 830, the RatPack.


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We are The GearCats

Middle school students gain education in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) from high school student mentors eager to share and grow their knowledge. As Gearcat students, we strategize, design, build, program, troubleshoot, and compete with the team robot for a chance at winning the national championship. Students come together as a team to put their best foot forward when building and competing. Emphasizing gracious professionalism, teams compete fairly with one another and support opposing teams to perform at their best.

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FIRST


Learn more about FIRST, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and GearCats, FTC Team 7305. 

FIRST


Learn more about FIRST, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and GearCats, FTC Team 7305. 

 

FIRST

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

FIRST is an international organization that engages students from elementary school to high school in competitive robotics. Every year, FIRST develops a new game for each major age group. Games are designed for robots to play. Students custom design their robot every year to play the new game. Each team's robot must be ready to compete when the deadline arrives, and no more work can be done on the robot until competition. Teams compete with their robots at the regional level for a chance at the state competition, and again for the world championship. Each match of the game is made of two alliances, red and blue. Each alliance is made up of two randomly selected robots. A robot on your alliance this match could become an opponent in the next. FIRST encourages Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition, where students and teams compete their hardest, yet are respectful to opponents and partners. 

 
 

FTC

FIRST Tech Challenge

FTC introduces middle schoolers to FIRST robotics. The GearCats are FTC Team 7305. Students build robots that fit within an 18 inch cube. GearCats students can learn how to design, construct, wire, and program their robot, depending on what interests them. They also can learn how to create their own custom parts out of metal sheet, extrusions, or blocks. The robot program is written in Java, a powerful programming language.

 

Android based computing

We use an Android based computing control system written in Java. Come learn more about it!

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Our robots are programmed in Java. Our FTC programs are capable of being simple as well as advanced.

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Tetrix

The primary construction of FTC robots are Tetrix components. Perforated aluminum extrusions are bolted together for a robust structure. Tetrix electronics (motor and servo controllers) plug into the NXT Brick to be controlled by the RobotC program to actuate the robot.

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Maker-Works


Learn how Maker-Works, an Ann Arbor maker space, generously sponsors FTC Team 7305, the GearCats.

Maker-Works


Learn how Maker-Works, an Ann Arbor maker space, generously sponsors FTC Team 7305, the GearCats.

 

Maker-Works is a member-based community workshop that makes industrial manufacturing equipment available to the public. Maker-Works generously offers GearCats students free training and access to both manual and computer controlled machines for wood, metal, and electronics


Metal

  • CNC Tormach Mill
  • Manual Bridgeport Mill
  • CNC Plasma Cutter
  • Manual Colchester Lathe
  • Manual Hardinge Lathe
  • MIG/TIG Welding
  • Spot Welding
  • Scotchman 45 Ton Punch
  • Corner Notcher
  • Vertical/Horizontal Band Saws
  • Jump Shear

Wood

  • CNC ShopBot Router Table 
  • SawStop Table Saw
  • Panel Saw
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Thickness Sander
  • Miter Saw
  • Drill Press
  • Vertical Band Saw
  • Vertical Disc Sander

Craft

  • CNC Epilog Laser Engravers
  • CNC Embroidery Machine
  • CNC MakerBot 3D Printers
  • CNC Vinyl Cutter
  • 42" Large Format Printer
  • Sewing Machines
  • 5-Thread Serger
  • Vacuum Formers
  • Acrylic Strip Heater

Circuits

  • CNC Circuit Board Engraver
  • Soldering Stations
  • Digital Oscilloscope
  • Hot Air Rework Station
  • Desoldering Iron
  • Logic Analyzer
  • DC-Power Supply 
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Life LC


Learn about Life Learning Community in Ann Arbor and how they support FTC 7305, the GearCats.

Life LC


Learn about Life Learning Community in Ann Arbor and how they support FTC 7305, the GearCats.

 

Life Learning Community is a private school offering a blended learning environment featuring the K12 learning curriculum. Using both virtual and physical classrooms, students take education at their own pace while still collaborating with others on projects. Invested in hands-on learning, Life Learning Community offers robotics to their students through its support of GearCats as well as opening this opportunity to students from other schools.

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830 RatPack


See how FRC Team 830, the RatPack, sponsors FTC Team 7305, the GearCats to grow the message of FIRST.

830 RatPack


See how FRC Team 830, the RatPack, sponsors FTC Team 7305, the GearCats to grow the message of FIRST.

 

The GearCats are sponsored and mentored by FIRST Robotics Competition Team 830 The RatPack, a high school robotics team with members from six area high schools. 

 

We strive to create a symbiotic relationship through student mentorship. Middle schoolers gain confidence and knowledge by learning from their high school counterparts. High school mentors gain valuable leadership and communication experience from guiding the middle school students. The end result is an empowering investment in both student groups.