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FIRST Robotics Competition Buckeye Regional

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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).


Key Dates

Supplemental Funding Application

Apply for the Ohio FIRST Robotics Teams Supplemental Funding

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).

Driving Directions

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

Parking Guidance

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.

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

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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)

Design, Build, & Test

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The Game

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.

Helpful Resources

Buckeye Regional Teams

The list of teams registered to attend the 2022 Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition will be posted here after the Kickoff event.

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:

Competition (March 23, 2022 – March 26, 2022)

Buckeye Regional Competition

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.

Driving Directions

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

Helpful Resources

Competition Schedule

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.

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

Media Advisory

(coming soon)

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.

2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

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 2022 Buckeye Regional is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

List of 2022 Sponsors (coming soon)

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
Nancy Richards, FIRST Director of Field Operations – Midwest Regionals

Ohio Team Grants
Catherine Graves, Ph.D, Buckeye Project Manager

General Information
Jeresha Nixon, Buckeye Deputy Project Manager

General Questions
JonDarr Bradshaw, Buckeye Regional Coordinator
Peter Buca, Buckeye Regional Coordinator

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

Jon Potter, Buckeye Volunteer Coordinator

Buckeye Media Coordinator

View or print a list of the 2022 Buckeye Regional Planning Committee members (coming soon).

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