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Welcome to the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition’s 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 is inspired by transportation with the game RAPID REACT.
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 Opportunity
NASA Glenn Research Center invites registered FIRST Robotics Teams from Ohio to apply for supplemental funding to support their participation in the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.
Ohio FIRST Robotics Teams may apply to receive up to $3,000.00 to support travel costs to participate in the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. Funds may also be used to purchase materials and/or equipment needed to build their Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition robot. Funding will be competitively awarded based on financial need. Preference will be given to rookie teams and new veteran teams (i.e., Teams whose rookie season was in 2019, 2020, or 2021).
- Team must be located in Ohio and registered to participate in the Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.
- Team must not have received other funding from NASA to support participation in the 2022 FIRST Robotics Competition.
- Teams must demonstrate a financial need.
- Preference will be given to rookie teams and new veterans (i.e., Teams whose rookie season was in 2019, 2020, or 2021).
- Application Opens: November 24, 2021
- Application Closes: December 20, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Supplemental Funding Application
Kickoff (Jan. 8, 2022)
The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) Kickoff is the official start of the FRC season and where the 2022 “Game” scenario is revealed to the public during a “live stream” webcast. The 2022 Buckeye Regional Kickoff Watch Party will take place on January 8th, 2022 at the Great Lakes Science Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Our local watch party features light refreshments, exciting guest speakers, FIRST® Trivia, prizes, and more! The highlight of the event is the live stream webcast from FIRST® Headquarters in New Hampshire! Following the webcast, participating teams can pick up their “Kit of Parts,” which will be used to build their competition robot.
For questions, special accommodations, or more information about the Buckeye Regional kickoff watch party, please contact the Kickoff Coordinator, JonDarr Bradshaw (Email), Community Engagement Coordinator at the Great Lakes Science Center. In addition to Email, the kickoff coordinator can be reached by phone at 216-696-5473 (Office) or 216-256-4964 (Cell).
The FIRST Robotics Competition Buckeye Regional Kickoff will be held on January 8, 2022 in the Auditorium at
The Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
For FRC Teams attending the Buckeye Regional Kickoff Watch Party, on-site covered parking is available for cars and vans via our attached parking structure. Parking Validation will be provided for FRC attendees. There is also a $2.00 discount on general admission for all FRC Team members who wish to stay after the webcast to tour the Great Lakes Science Center.
- Attendees traveling by car or van will 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, then park in the designated “Bus Lane” on Erieside Avenue (the Bus Lane begins behind the Science Center and extends along the curb behind the nearby football stadium. Great Lakes Science Center staff and volunteers will be on hand at the main entrance to direct attendees to the auditorium and to provide your bus driver with a map and a “Parking Pass” sign that must be placed in the bus window when parking in the designated Bus Lane.
Teams picking up Kits of Parts should come prepared with a hand truck to transport the heavy kits to their vehicles.
- List of teams attending the 2022 Kickoff in Cleveland (coming soon)
- View the FIRST Rapid React teaser (Video).
- View a replay of the 2022 Kickoff Broadcast (Video) (available after January 8th, 2022)
- View “I am FIRST: Inspiring Dreamers” (Video)
2022 Kickoff Schedule – Saturday, January 8, 2022 – Great Lakes Science Center Auditorium
|11:00 AM||Doors Open/Refreshments Served|
|11:30 AM||Local Program
1. Official Welcome – Karyn Torigoe, Great Lakes Science Center
2. Invited Speakers
|12:00 AM||Live Stream Webcast from FIRST HQ begins|
|2:00 PM||Kit of Parts Distribution
Teams can meet individually until 4:00 PM in the 2nd floor lunch area to talk strategy.
Build Season (Jan. 8, 2022 – TBD)
- Housing registration form for the Buckeye Regional in Cleveland (March 23, 2022 – March 26, 2022) (coming soon)
- Team lunch registration information for the Buckeye Regional in Cleveland (March 23, 2022 – March 26, 2022) (coming soon)
The Game “Rapid React” will be revealed at the kick-off event on Saturday, January 8, 2022. The video of the official game animation for the 2022 season will be available after January 8, 2022.
- FIRST Rapid React Game Landing Page (Link)
- FIRST Rapid React Game and Season Manual (pdf) (coming soon)
- FIRST Rapid React Game Graphics
- FIRST Rapid React Game Animation (Video) (coming soon)
- FRC YouTube Channel (Link)
- FRC Game Q & A (Link)
The list of teams registered to attend the 2022 Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be posted here after the Kickoff event.
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 23, 2022 – March 26, 2022)
The Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be held March 23-March 26, 2022 at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center located at 2000 Prospect Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.
The competition schedule is coming soon.
Admission is free and open to the public.
The Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be held on March 23-26, 2022 at
Cleveland State University Wolstein Center
2000 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
- View or print the 2022 Buckeye Event Handbook for information on Parking, Load-in, food and so much more. (coming soon)
- View or print the Cleveland State University Emergency Operations Plan (Link)
- View or print the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center Evacuation Plan (Link)
View the competition schedule or print it here (coming soon)
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.
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.
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.
The 2022 Buckeye Regional is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.
List of 2022 Sponsors (coming soon)
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.
Nancy Richards, FIRST Director of Field Operations – Midwest Regionals
Ohio Team Grants
Catherine Graves, Ph.D, Buckeye Project Manager
Jeresha Nixon, Buckeye Deputy Project Manager
Sponsorship / Funding
Peter Buca & Diane Sadowski, Buckeye Fundraising Coordinators, Chair
Jon Potter, Buckeye Volunteer Coordinator
View or print a list of the 2022 Buckeye Regional Planning Committee members (coming soon).