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Interested in Building, Programming, and Competing With Industrial-sized Robots?

Posted on January 4, 2024, by J. Bradshaw.

Student programmers for Team #8222 collaborate on the code for autonomous robot operation during a recent Joint Build & Practice Session at the Great Lakes Science Center – Image credit, J. Bradshaw.  

The Great Lakes Science Center's Robotics Initiative invites you to join one of our six supported teams. Our program is open to any high school student enrolled in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). 

  • For CMSD students living in or attending school in the downtown area or on the city’s near Westside, there are two teams to choose from:

    1. Team #8140, the RoboManiacs of MC2 STEM High School, and

    2. Team #9622, GRIDLOCK of Garrett Morgan School of Engineering & Innovation;

  • For CMSD students living in or attending school in the northeastern sector of the downtown area or the city’s Eastside, there are two other teams to choose from:

    1. Team #8145, the Tech Warriors of East Technical High School; and 

    2. Team #8222, the Argonauts of Davis Aerospace & Maritime High School; 

  • For CMSD students living in or attending school on Cleveland’s Westside, there is Team #8243, the AstroCircuits of John Marshall School of Information Technology.

  • For girls attending any CMSD high school that would prefer to join an all-girls team, there is Team #9643, Lady VOLTAGE.

Teams meet regularly after school and on Saturdays at both their host school and at the Great Lakes Science Center. For specific information about the meeting times and locations of each team, visit the "On-site Build & Practice Sessions" page in the Season Calendar. 

Off-season Opportunities

The FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) program is for high school-aged students in grades 9 through 12. Our competition season kicks off in January and goes through April. However, ours is a year-round program. During the offseason (May through December), our team members are busy learning the many skills needed to design, build, and program competitive robots that roll, fly, and swim. Participating students also use the off-season to visit colleges and universities, tour local manufacturing facilities, participate in off-season tournaments, and engage in various forms of community outreach.

There are plenty of important roles for students and adult mentors on a team. Some are more technical and involve designing, manufacturing & assembling the parts, wiring the electrical components, and programming the robot for competition. Other roles are non-technical and involve marketing, fundraising, public speaking, and other logistical tasks. All roles are equally important and many team members have more than one role. Training is provided so no experience is not required. What is required is a desire to learn, the willingness to help others grow, and a passion for FUN!

Whether you want to work on the technical side or the non-technical side, there is a place for you on one of our teams! If you are or know of, a CMSD high school student who would like to join our program, please apply online at

Mentors Wanted

Don’t forget, we are looking for adult mentors too! If you have an encouraging attitude, and a desire to help students achieve their goals and discover a future career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...



We need male and female mentors with backgrounds in the following areas:

Engineering • Mechanical Design • Computer Programming

Business Planning • Team Building • Fundraising

Public Speaking • Recruitment • Electrical Engineering

Project Management • Creative Thinking




Whether you’re available to work with us regularly, or if you are only able to help facilitate a single training workshop, we need your help!

To learn more about many mentoring opportunities available through this program, watch the video at, and then contact Mr. Bradshaw at 



Season Calendar 


FRC Mentor’s Workshop

December 2, 2023

Great Lakes Science Center

601 Erieside Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44114

2024 FRC Kickoff Watch Party

January 6, 2024

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114

On-site Build & Practice Sessions

After-School, Weekdays and Saturdays

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114

Greater Pittsburgh Regional

Feb. 28 – March 2, 2024 (Week 1)

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Finger Lakes Regional

March 13 – March 16, 2024 (Week 3)

Rochester Institute of Technology

149 Lomb Memorial Dr,

Rochester, NY 14623

Buckeye Regional

March 21 – March 23, 2024 (Week 4)

Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University

2000 Prospect Avenue E.

Cleveland, OH 44115

Miami Valley Regional

April 3 – April 6, 2024 (Week 6)

Cintas Center, Xavier University

1624 Musketeer Drive.

Cincinnati, OH 45207

2024 FRC Recognition Awards Luncheon 

(Date TBD)

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114


FIRST Championship

April 17 – April 20, 2024

George R Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

2024 Ohio State Championship

May 11, 2024

Worthington Kilbourne High School

1499 Hard Rd,

Columbus, OH 43235

2024 Shawshank Showdown

June 8, 2024

Mansfield Senior High School

124 N Linden Rd,

Mansfield, OH 44903

2024 Kettering Kickoff

September 20-21, 2024

Kettering University

1700 University Ave.,

Flint MI 48504

2024 Curiosity Open Robotics Challenge

September 28, 2024

Great Lakes Science Center
601 Erieside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114

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