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FIRST® LEGO® League District Tournament

Presented by the Great Lakes Science Center

















The Great Lakes Science Center in partnership with Ohio FIRST® will host the “Curiosity Open Jr.,” a FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge competition on February 4, 2023! This District level tournament is free and open to the public and will be held at the Great Lakes Science Center  from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

The FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge introduces science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to young people through fun, exciting hands-on learning. Teams of 2 to 10 students, ages 9 – 14, will understand the basics of STEM and apply their skills in an exciting competition while building confidence, learning teamwork, and gaining valuable life skills along the way.













FIRST® Core Values of discovery, inclusion, impact, innovation, teamwork, and fun are the cornerstones of the FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge program, distinguishing it from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals and that helping each other is the foundation of teamwork.


This year's FIRST® ENERGIZESM season is presented by Qualcomm. This year’s FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is called SUPERPOWEREDSM. Children will learn about different types of energy sources, storage, distribution methods, and the many ways in which energy is consumed.


During a FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge District tournament, teams compete in a sports-like environment where spectators cheer their successes. To prepare for a FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge tournament, teams work to build and program a robot to complete a number of tasks on a competition table. Teams also identify and research a problem related to the season theme and then design and create an innovative Project solution. During the tournament teams will meet with a distinguished panel of judges in separate interview rooms to be evaluated in three specific areas:


  • The Robot Design Judges will evaluate each team’s robot design, programming, and problem-solving strategies;

  • The Project Judges will evaluate their research project, their proposed solution, and the team’s outreach efforts in the community; and

  • The Core Values Judges will evaluate how well the group functioned as a team and incorporated the values of FIRST®.

FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge is one of three divisions (by age group) that make up the FIRST® LEGO® League program. This program inspires young people to experiment and grow their confidence, critical thinking, and design skills through hands-on learning. FIRST® LEGO® League was created through an alliance between FIRST® and LEGO® Education.





















The Great Lakes Science Center is a proud supporter of FIRST® programs and is thrilled to host this annual event for the Greater Cleveland area.  


Season Calendar 

2023 FRC Kickoff Watch Party

January 7, 2023

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114


FIRST LEGO League District Tournament

February 4, 2023

Great Lakes Science Center

601 Erieside Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44114


Miami Valley Regional

March 15 – 18 (Week 3)

Cintas Center, Xavier University

1624 Musketeer Drive.

Cincinnati, OH 45207

Buckeye Regional

March 29 – April 1 (Week 5)

Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University

2000 Prospect Avenue E.

Cleveland, OH 44115

Greater Pittsburgh Regional

April 5 – April 8 (Week 6)

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

1000 Fort Dequense Blvd.

Pittsburgh, PA 15222


2023 FRC Recognition Award Dinner

April 15, 2023

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114


FIRST Championship

April 19 – April 22, 2023

GRB Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010


2023 Curiosity Open Robotics Challenge

September 30, 2023

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114

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