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FIRST Robotics Competition Buckeye Regional


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 $5,500) 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 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon with a space-themed robotics challenge named Destination: Deep Space. Students from schools and organizations collaborate with mentors from government, academia, and industry to design, build and test their robot throughout the six week “build” period. 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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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 will take place on Jaunary 4th, 2020 at the Cuyahoga Community College, Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC), 2415 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

For questions or more information about the kickoff, please contact the Kickoff Coordinator, George Bilokonski (Email), Associate Dean – Engineering & Manufacturing at Cuyahoga Communmity College. George can be contacted at: OFFICE: 216-987-6302, MOBILE: 216-406-8844.

The FIRST Robotics Competition Buckeye Regional will be held on January 4, 2020 at:
Cuyahoga Community College
Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC)
2415 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Get directions to the Buckeye Regional Kickoff Location using Google Maps.
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Parking is free for the Saturday event. It is recommended to park in Lot 7, adjacent to the Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) or Lot 1 nearby. Teams picking up Kits of Parts should come prepared with a hand truck to transport the heavy kits to their vehicles. Click below for either driving directions to Tri-C or parking directions near the Manufacturing Technology Center.

2020 Kickoff Schedule – Saturday, January 4, 2020 – Cuyahoga Community College Manufacturing Technology Center

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” will be revealed at the kick-off event on Saturday, January 4, 2020. In the meantime, you can click on the teaser video below to get a preview of the upcoming game for the 2020 season.

Links below are related to the previous season’s game. All links below open in a new tab or window. These links below will be updated for the 2020 season shortly after the kickoff on January 4, 2020.

We currently have 57 teams registered to attend the 2020 Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (As of Nov 13, 2019). View or print the 2020 team list (pdf).

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 (pdf) to learn more about volunteering and read the VolunteerTask Descriptions (pdf) 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 (Link)

For questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator (Email), Jon Potter.

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

The 18th 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 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Saturday, March 28 from 9 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 28-30, 2019 at:
Cleveland State University Wolstein Center
2000 Prospect Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
Get directions to the Buckeye Regional Competition at Wolstein Center using Google Maps.
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View the competition schedule below or PRINT IT HERE.
Time Activity
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 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)
7:00 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

Thursday, March 26th 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Scholarship Row
Friday, March 27th 12:00 p.m – 1:00 p.m. VIP Lunch
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Scholarship Row
Saturday, March 28th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FLL Jr. Expo
9:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Scholarship Row
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. FLL and FTC Exhibits

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.

To view the Buckeye Regional Webcast (TBD in 2020) go to Webcast Channel #1orWebcast Channel #2

Media Advisory

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

If you have any down time during your visit to Cleveland, we have complied a list of activities for you to explore. Click Cleveland-Area activities (pdf) for a list of Cleveland-Area activities.

Select a Year below to view a photo gallery.

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.

Click here for information for potential sponsors (Link), or contact the Buckeye Regional funding team if you want to be a sponsor (Email).

View our full list of 2019 Buckeye Regional Partners and Sponsors. Thank them for making the 2019 Buckeye Regional possible.

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
William (Tim) Dedula, 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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