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FIRST Robotics Competition Buckeye Regional

COVID-19 Update

Dear friends, colleagues & partners,

It is with deep disappointment that I share an update on the immediate suspension of the current FIRST season and the cancellation of both Championship events. This decision has been made based on guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and state and local health officials, as well as the declaration of states of emergency across many states/countries, the ever-expanding travel restrictions for schools, and in light of developments over the past 24 hours.  The health and safety of our community is our top priority, so we have decided to suspend all season play across all Programs worldwide, effective immediately, including the cancellation of both FIRST Championship events. Please know that FIRST Championship registration fees will be refunded.

This difficult decision was grounded in FIRST’s commitment to put the health and safety of our community above all else. During this challenging time, we have been working closely with our program delivery partners (PDPs) and event organizers around the world to navigate and mitigate the risks to our community due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result, many of our events in the United States and around the world have been canceled or postponed, including more than half of all future FIRST Robotics Competition events. We acknowledge and appreciate the thousands of teams, parents, mentors, coaches and volunteers who have poured their hearts and souls into this season, and we share your disappointment.

The mission of FIRST has always been to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, and we continue to be deeply committed to this mission. We know that you will have questions, and we will provide answers in the following days and weeks as we navigate what has been an unprecedented time.


Larry Cohen, President of FIRST


Welcome to the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition’s new “mobile-friendly” home on the internet. The FIRST Robotics Competition engages high school students in the fun and challenge of building a robot of a specific size, weight (under 125 pounds) and cost (under $5,000) in as little as six weeks. The objective of each game is different each year and is revealed at the kickoff. This year, the FIRST robotics competition promotes renewable energy with the game INFINITE RECHARGE.

Students from schools and organizations collaborate with mentors from government, academia, and industry to design, build and test their robot. All of this hard work and dedication culminates with the regional competition. The Buckeye Regional competition is one of many competitions occurring in the United States and around the world. Several teams that win the Buckeye Regional competition or other awards will be eligible to attend the FIRST Robotics championship in either Michigan or Texas.

The overall goal of the competition is to engage students in an engineering project to design, build, test, and operate a robot which would encourage them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

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Supplemental Funding Awardees

The 2020 Team Application for Supplemental Funding is now closed. See below for a list of awardees for the 2020 season. Since all teams below were funded from the same grantor this year, please be sure to include “NASA Glenn Research Center Office of Education” in your list of sponsors. Check back in 2021 for another opportunity to submit an application for a Buckeye Regional Supplemental Funding Grant.

2020 Grant Awardees for Infinite Recharge

Team 8145 – NTE Robotics
Team 8037 – VW Cougar Robotics
Team 7885 – EC.EXE
Team 7043 – RoboPirates
Team 6027 – BrainWaves
Team 5667 – The Digital Eagles
Team 4780 – Tenacious Drones
Team 4601 – Circuit Birds
Team 2603 – Steel Stingers
Team 2399 – The Fighting Unicorns
Team 2172 – Steel Unit-E
Team 1038 – Lakota Robotics

Kickoff (Jan. 4, 2020)

The Kickoff event is the official start of the robotics season where the game scenario is announced, and the students pick up their large kit of parts which are used to build their robot. The 2020 Buckeye Regional Kickoff took place on Jaunary 4th, 2020 at the Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

For questions or more information about the Buckeye Regional kickoff, please contact the Kickoff Coordinator, JonDarr Bradshaw (Email), Community Engagement Coordinator at the Great Lakes Science Center. In addition to Email, JonDarr can be reached at 216-696-5473 (Office) or 216-256-4964 (Cell).

The FIRST Robotics Competition Buckeye Regional Kickoff was held on January 4, 2020 at
The Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114

Parking Guidance for teams attending the Buckeye Regional Kickoff in Cleveland.
On-site covered parking is available for cars and vans via our attached parking structure. Standard parking rate of $13 will apply. You’ll be able to enter the building from the lower level of the parking structure onto the science center’s Promenade near the entrance to the auditorium. Busses can off-load passengers at the main entrance and then park in the designated “Bus Lane” on Erieside Avenue (the Bus Lane begins behind the Science Center and extend along the curb behind the nearby football stadium. Great Lakes Science Center staff and volunteers will be on hand at the main entrance to provide your bus driver with a map and “Parking Pass” sign that must be placed in the bus window when parking on the street.

Teams picking up Kits of Parts should come prepared with a hand truck to transport the heavy kits to their vehicles. 

Helpful Resources

2020 Kickoff Schedule – Saturday, January 4, 2020 – Great Lakes Science Center – Auditorium

Time Event
8:30am Doors Open
9:30am – 10:15am Welcome and Guest Speakers
10:15 – 12:00pm FIRST kickoff broadcast
12:00pm Kit of parts may be picked up immediately following broadcast. Breakout rooms available for strategy meetings.
2:00pm Event Concludes

Build Season (Jan. 4, 2020 – TBD)

The Game “Infinite Recharge” was revealed at the kick-off event on Saturday, January 4, 2020. Watch the video below to see the official game animation for the 2020 season.

We currently have 58 teams registered to attend the 2020 Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (As of Feb 3, 2020). View or print the 2020 team list.

Volunteers Needed

Every year, the Buckeye Regional requires more than 200 volunteers to make the competition run smoothly. We greatly appreciate the time and commitment of all of our dedicated volunteers to support the young people aspiring to become future innovators. Consider becoming a volunteer for the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. Read the Volunteer overview to learn more about volunteering and read the Volunteer Task Descriptions to learn about the many types of fun jobs we have available.

When ready to sign up …

Create or edit your volunteer registration, by going to the FIRST’s Volunteer Information & Matching System

For questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jon Potter.

Competition (March 26, 2020 – March 28, 2020)

The 19th annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Buckeye Regional will be held March 26-March 28 at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center located at 2000 Prospect Ave.

Practice matches will be held on Thursday, March 26 from noon to 6:30 p.m. Competition days are Friday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Admission is free and open to the public.

The FIRST Robotics Competition Buckeye Regional will be held on March 26-28, 2020 at
Cleveland State University Wolstein Center
2000 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

View the competition schedule below or print it here.
Time Activity
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. 5 Team reps to load-in and set up pits
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Time Activity
7:45 a.m. Remaining Teams – 5 team reps to load in and set up Pits
8:30 a.m. Pits, Machine Shop, Registration, and Inspection Open
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Driver’s Meeting, Field Open for Measurement and Calibration
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Practice Matches (Schedule)
8:00 p.m. Pits and machine shop close
Friday, March 27, 2020
Time Activity
8:00 a.m. Pits and Machine Shop Open
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Qualification Matches (Schedule and Results)
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 5.45 p.m. Qualification Matches (Schedule and Results)
5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Awards Ceremony (Awards)
~6:30 p.m. ** Pits and machine shop CLOSE immediately following awards ceremony
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Time Activity
8:00 a.m. Pits and Machine Shop Open
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Qualification Matches (Schedule and Results)
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Alliance Selections (Rankings)
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Playoff Matches (Schedule and Results)
4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony (Awards)
6:30 p.m. Pits closed, Crates packed

Additional Activities

Friday, March 27th 12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m. Invited Guest Lunch
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Scholarship Row
Saturday, March 28th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FIRST LEGO League Jr. Expo
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Scholarship Row
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge Exhibits

**Schedule is subject to change. All times are estimated based on flow of rounds.

Buckeye Regional Webcast

The Buckeye Regional webcast enables anyone around the world with a computer and internet connection to watch our regional competition. The webcast is also a great way for parents of participating students to follow their son or daughter’s robotics team throughout the competition.

The Buckeye Regional Webcast will be live streamed on Twitch TV at and

Media Advisory

March 14, 2019 – Media Invited to FIRST Robotics Buckeye Regional Competition

Things to do in Cleveland

If you have any down time during your visit to Cleveland, we have complied a list of Cleveland-area activities for you to explore.

Photo Gallery

Select a Year below to view a photo gallery.

Partners and Sponsors

The Buckeye Regional Planning Committee would like extend our sincerest gratitude to our partners and sponsors. Without their generous contributions, the competition would not be possible.

Information for potential sponsors, or contact the Buckeye Regional funding team if you want to be a sponsor.

The 2020 Buckeye Regional is made possible by the generous support of NASA, Parker Hannifin, Rockwell, Cleveland State University, the Callahan Family Foundation, the Nord Family Foundation, RPM International, and many others whom you’ll find advertised during the event.

Contact Us

The Buckeye Regional requires a huge team effort by business, academia, and government. If you have a question about any aspect of the competition anytime during the entire season, the personnel below will be able to assist you.

Team Questions
Susan Lawrence, FIRST Director of Field Operations – Midwest Regionals

Ohio Team Grants
Stephanie Brown-Houston, Buckeye Project Manager

General Information
Elizabeth Curwick, Buckeye Regional Coordinator

Sponsorship / Funding
Peter Buca & Diane Sadowski, Buckeye Fundraising Coordinators, Chair

Jon Potter, Buckeye Volunteer Coordinator

Jeannette Owens, Buckeye Media Coordinator

View or print a list of the Buckeye Regional Planning Committee members.

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