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The "Shawshank Showdown"

Saturday, June 8, 2024


The Shawshank Showdown is the first in a series of "off-season" robotics tournaments for high school teams regularly participating in the FIRST® Robotics Competition. This single day event will feature the same high-energy, high-tech style of , international an " robotics tournament for high school teams regularly participating in the

s Miami Valley Regional is another in a series of high-energy, high-tech, international robotics tournaments where teams of students, mentored by adult professionals, work together to solve a unique engineering design problem. This year's tournament will feature 50 of the top high school robotics teams from nine (9) midwestern and southern states, as well as the People's Republic of China!



April 4, 2024 - April 6, 2024


Cintas Center at Xavier University

1624 Musketeer Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45207


This season's Miami Valley is expected to draw over 1,500 high school students and their cheering fans to Xavier University's Cintas Center for the three-day event.  Four (4) CMSD teams from the Great Lakes Science Center's Robotics Initiative will be among those competing at this event, Those teams 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); and

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

Spectators Welcome! 

Be sure to catch all the excitement of this intense competition that showcases industrial-sized, mobile robots developed and operated by teams of high school students. Spectators can tour the "pits" to meet the teams and get a closer look at their robots! Later, you'll have an excellent view of the competition field as you cheer on your favorite teams from the comfortable stadium seating found throughout the arena!  


Admission is free and open to the public. Click HERE to see the public agenda.

Can't attend the in person? 

Watch the Miami Valley Regional LIVESTREAM beginning at 8:30 AM on April 5th & 6th 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 

April 13, 2024

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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