The 16th annual, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Buckeye Regional will be held March 30-April 1 at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center located at 2000 Prospect Ave.

Practice matches will be held on Thursday, March 30 from noon to 6:30 p.m. Competition days are Friday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

Over 1500 local and international high school students from Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will compete in an intense three-day event showcasing robots they designed, built and programmed. Click here to see a list of registered teams:

Students compete for awards and a spot at the FIRST Championship held in Houston, Texas, April 19-22, 2017 amd St. Louis, Missouri, April 26-29, 2017. FRC students are also eligible to apply for nearly $22 million in scholarships from more than 200 colleges and universities.