Courses & Classes

We specialise in kids’ robotics, 3D printing & applied STEM education

We at Gear Up firmly believe that the value of robotics is far more than just the subject itself. It is the greatest mental gym available to kids today, combining the already valuable fields of mechanical design, electronics and programming to make something new and exciting.

All of our courses have tangible goals, from taking home a robot they built, covered in sensors and filled with their own code, to competing with their peers in international robotics events. Abstract concepts are hard to care about when you can’t visualize their application, so we tackle that head on.

Here, we celebrate mistakes as opportunities to learn instead of something to feel embarrassed about. No one should feel like they need to be an expert, it’s our job to get them there from scratch. Take a look at our courses, and click on them to find out more.

We at Gear Up firmly believe that the value of robotics is far more than just the subject itself. It is the greatest mental gym available to kids today, combining the already valuable fields of mechanical design, electronics and programming to make something new and exciting.

All of our courses have tangible goals, from taking home a robot they built, covered in sensors and filled with their own code, to competing with their peers in international robotics events. Abstract concepts are hard to care about when you can’t visualize their application, so we tackle that head on.

Here, we celebrate mistakes as opportunities to learn instead of something to feel embarrassed about. No one should feel like they need to be an expert, it’s our job to get them there from scratch. Take a look at our courses below, and click on them to find out more.

We at Gear Up firmly believe that the value of robotics is far more than just the subject itself. It is the greatest mental gym available to kids today, combining the already valuable fields of mechanical design, electronics and programming to make something new and exciting.

All of our courses have tangible goals, from taking home a robot they built, covered in sensors and filled with their own code, to competing with their peers in international robotics events. Abstract concepts are hard to care about when you can’t visualize their application, so we tackle that head on.

Here, we celebrate mistakes as opportunities to learn instead of something to feel embarrassed about. No one should feel like they need to be an expert, it’s our job to get them there from scratch. Take a look at our courses below, and click on them to find out more.

FIRST Lego League

The FIRST Lego League (FLL) is the longest running robotics competition in South Africa, aimed at learners aged 9-16. It uses the LEGO Mindstorms system in tandem with an in-depth research project to tackle a current issue. Children have to design and build a LEGO robot from scratch, and then program it to tackle as many challenges as they can within 2 ½ minute rounds.

The first leg of the season traditionally runs from early August to late October when Regionals take place. After that, Nationals are held in Johannesburg at the end of November.

Our FLL coaching teaches teams of up to 10 learners the following:

  • Simple construction techniques
  • Advanced mechanisms to employ in their robot design
  • How to create and structure efficient, reusable code
  • Strategic thinking
  • Step-by-step problem identification
  • Season-specific training

FIRST Tech Challenge

The growing success of the FIRST Lego League (FLL) and STEM education has highlighted the need for a next step; the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) provides an ideal challenge for learners aged 12-18. Dropping the research project and LEGO platform found in the FLL, this competition focuses exclusively on the robot side of things in a more technical fashion.

The FTC doesn’t supply much by way of building materials, requiring teams to design and manufacture custom parts. As the season progresses, teams of up to 15 learners will learn CAD design, 3D printing and laser-cutting (CAM), complex programming and project management.

3D Printing Courses

3D Printing is cementing its place in homes and workspaces around the world. Being able to rapidly turn a digital concept into a physical object is proving to be a valuable skill, and a fantastic learning opportunity.

Gear Up teaches students about the entire process, from creating accurate 3D models with Autodesk Fusion360 to fine tuning the printer settings. By the end of the course participants will go from knowing nothing, to designing, printing, and taking home their own creation!

Arduino Courses

Arduino revolutionised hobbyist and maker communities around the world when they released an easy to learn, open source microcontroller. Suddenly anyone could create automated projects at home, without being a fully fledged engineer in a high-tech lab.

Our Arduino course embraces that mindset, and uses the hardware to introduce learners to real world robotics. Starting off their coding with a Scratch-like interface and basic electronics, we start to turn up the heat and work with components and programming languages used in-industry. By the end, learners will have soldered and assembled their very own robot, before programming it to use a range of sensors and motors in C!