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Welcome to the online home of the Great Lakes Science Center's Robotics Initiative. We are a collaborative group of FIRST® Robotics Competition teams from several urban high schools in Cleveland, Ohio. Although we are six separate teams representing multiple rival high schools, we have come together at the science center to learn and share resources, including tools, mentors, and workshop space, while building industrial-sized robots to compete on the world stage. Along the way, we've improved our skills, made lasting friendships, and grown together as a “family.”

About the FIRST ® Robotics Competition
The FIRST® Robotics Competition is an international engineering design challenge that combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. Working under strict rules, with limited resources, and time limits, high school teams of up to 30 students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program a robot to perform a set of prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. The Challenge (Game) changes each year and teams of young people (and their mentors) have just six weeks to engineer a solution to the challenge, using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules... It’s as close to “real world” engineering as a student can get, and the perfect training ground for life’s real-world challenges. 
For more information about the FIRST® Robotics Competition, visit the program website at:
Our Credo (Statement of Belief)

We are FIRST®… We are an inclusive organization that embraces all students regardless of race, gender, physical or mental ability, or socio-economic status.

  • We believe we are BETTER and STRONGER TOGETHER!

  • We believe we are ENGINEERED for success and put service to others before ourselves!

  • We value science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and pledge to use what we’ve learned to CHANGE LIVES and make our communities, and the world a better place!

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



Members of team #8222 (The Argonauts of Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School) make mechanical repairs to their robot between matches during a recent Regional Tournament - 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).  


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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

(Date TBD)

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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