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We are members of the Great Lakes Science Center's Robotics Initiative, a collaborative effort between the Great Lakes Science Center and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD).

The "Initiative" was established with three goals in mind…


  1. To inspire a more diverse student population to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.

  2. To engage students and teachers by incorporating emerging design, programming, and manufacturing technologies; and

  3. To strengthen the impact of existing STEM education efforts by collaborating with local resources that connect area students to STEM career opportunities that help to grow and support our regional economy.


Thanks to the financial backing and in-kind support of our various community partners, the Great Lakes Science Center's Robotics Initiative has been able to accomplish this by establishing and supporting several FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) teams at local urban high schools within the CMSD.  


We are an inclusive program that embraces all CMSD students regardless of race, gender, ability, or socio-economic status. The four original teams supported by this Initiative are:


  • Team #8140 (The RoboManiacs from MC2 STEM High School)

  • Team #8145 (The Tech Warriors from East Technical High School)

  • Team #8222 (The Argonauts from Davis Aerospace and Maritime High School)

  • Team #8243 (The AstroCircuits from John Marshall High School).

In addition to the four original teams, the Initiative successfully launched two new teams at the start of the 2023-2024 academic school year. They are:


  • Team #9622 (GRIDLOCK from the Garrett Morgan School of Engineering and Innovation) and

  • Team #9643 (Lady VOLTAGE, a community-based, all-girls team composed of students from 12 different CMSD high schools).

*Click on the links above to learn more about each of these supported teams and their home schools


The student participants of the Great Lakes Science Center's Robotics Initiative are grateful to each of the following 2023 season sponsors for their generosity, encouragement, and continuing support. 

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As members of the FIRST® community, our FRC teams are actively promoting STEM throughout the Greater Cleveland area. You can find our team members at local libraries, community centers, and area summer camps, helping to facilitate STEM workshops for children.

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FIRST® is more than just robots. When American inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® in 1992, he set out to build a culture where scientists and engineers are just as respected and celebrated as professional athletes are. He also wanted to inspire generations of young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators.

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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

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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