The 17th annual, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Buckeye Regional will be held March 29-March 31 at Cleveland State University’s Wolstein Center located at 2000 Prospect Ave.

Practice matches will be held on Thursday, March 28 from noon to 6:30 p.m. Competition days are Friday, March 29 from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

All Girls team 3505 pose by their robot

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 18-21, 2018 and Detroit, Michigan, April 25-28, 2018. FRC students are also eligible to apply for nearly $22 million in scholarships from more than 200 colleges and universities.