One other thing to consider with gearing is how to teach it to the team. In my case, this year, the team is all 4th graders, doing this for the first time, so I decided to not teach about gears, it can get complicated for 4th graders. That way we don't have to worry about it and it does not cloud there thought process. By not using valuable time on something I'm not quite sure they can grasp and apply at this age, we can concentrate on things like motors, light sensors, mission solutions, and programming.
>The teams I coach typically have not used gears. One thing to consider >is many of the robot design judges don't like not using gears and the >team will get "dinged" for not using a geared solution. Gearing will >give you more power so that may be helpful in some situations. > >Go with what the team wants to do and what they feel works best. > >Remember, this is the team's project, not the parents/coaches. > >On Sun, Oct 17, 2010 at 7:12 PM, Lloyd O'Hara <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > >> I can give you my personal perspective. Only use gears, if you need >gears. >> If you need to gear up or down then it's worth it. If you don't >need to >> gear up or down, they become one more moving part that can go wrong and/or >> cause inconsistency. I've always liked the idea of simplicity, >the less >> things that can go wrong, the better. > >-- >Haskins Family Farm >Middletown, VA >blog: >class="parsedLink" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/pages/Middletown-VA/Haskins-Family-Farm/114984971161 >web site: http://www.localharvest.org/farms/M20435 >