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.
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Ohio Teams – Apply for a 2020 season team grant (Deadline September 25, 2019)
Through the generous support of NASA Glenn Research Center, teams are being offered an opportunity to apply for supplemental funding support. To qualify for a grant, a team must Represent an Ohio School or community organization.
- Prepare and submit answers for all application questions.
Click here for a pdf copy of all questions asked on the application. (pdf) (For reference only, no paper applications will be accepted.)
- Ready to apply? Fill out a Grant Application On-Line at the 2020 Buckeye Regional Supplemental Grant Application Form (Link) (Deadline 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.
- Digitally sign your application.
- Provide feedback about the grant application process.
- Press “Submit” on the feedback page.
- Your application is not complete until you receive a confirmation message.
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 2019 Buckeye Regional Kickoff will take place on Jaunary 5th, 2019 at the Cuyahoga Community College, Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC), 2415 Woodland Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.
For questions or more information, 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 5, 2019 at:
Cuyahoga Community College
Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC)
2415 Woodland Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115
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.
- Display or Print a List of teams attending the 2019 Kickoff in Cleveland (pdf).
- Display a Map Showing the parking lot locations (Graphic) at the 2019 Kickoff in Cleveland.
- View the Destination: Deep Space teaser (video) that was shown prior to the kickoff.
- View a replay of the 2019 Kickoff Broadcast (Video) that occurred on January 5th.
- View “I am FIRST: Inspiring Dreamers” (Video)
- View “This isn’t a Robot” (Video) that was played prior to the 2017 kickoff.
2020 Kickoff Schedule – Saturday, January 4, 2020 – Cuyahoga Community College Manufacturing Technology Center
|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.|
Build Season (Jan. 4, 2020 – TBD)
- To pre-order team meals during the Buckeye regional, print and return the Team Meal Order Form – Due by 3/20/19 (pdf).
In DESTINATION: DEEP SPACE, Presented by The Boeing Company, we join two competing alliances collecting samples on Planet Primus. Unpredictable terrain and weather patterns make remote robot essential to their mission on the planet. With only 2:30 until liftoff, the alliances must gather as much cargo pods as possible and prepare their spaceships before the next sandstorm arrives. Read below for a full description of the game. Click the image BELOW to enlarge.
Links below are related to this season’s game. All links below open in a new tab or window.
- FIRST Destination: Deep Space Competition Game and Season Manual (pdf)
- FIRST Destination: Deep Space Game Description (pdf)
- FIRST Destination: Deep Space Game Graphics
- FIRST Destination: Deep Space Game Animation (Video)
- FRC YouTube Channel (Link)
- First Destination: Deep Space Game Landing Page (Link)
- FRC Game Q & A (Link)
We currently have 60 teams registered to attend the 2019 Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition. View or print the 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 28-March 30 at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center located at 2000 Prospect Ave.
Practice matches will be held on Thursday, March 28 from noon to 6:30 p.m. Competition days are Friday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Saturday, March 30 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
- View or print the 2019 Buckeye Regional Event Handbook (.pdf) for information on Parking, Load-in, food and so much more.
- View or print the Cleveland State University Emergency Operations Plan (Link)
- View or print the Cleveland State University Wolstein Center Evacuation Plan (Link)
|6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.||5 Team reps to load-in and set up pits|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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.
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 activits (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.
View our full list of 2019 Buckeye Regional Partners and Sponsors. Thank them for making the 2019 Buckeye Regional possible.
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.
Susan Lawrence, FIRST Director of Field Operations – Midwest Regionals
Ohio Team Grants
Stephanie Brown-Houston, Buckeye Project Manager
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.