The Science Center is SO excited to launch its first-ever high school robotics team competition, the Curiosity Open: Great Lakes Science Center Robotics Challenge!

Northeast Ohio teams have a long and successful history of competing in events like the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and on Saturday, October 26, the Science Center will welcome FRC teams, and their fans from around the area for an exciting, off-season invitational event. The floor of the Science Center's special exhibitions hall will be transformed into a robot battle ground where teams will go head to head, tournament style, to see whose robots are the best!


(Competitors needing to provide payment using a purchase order or check must call 216-621-2400 to register.)

The Mission - Destination: Deep Space

Destination: Deep Space, was the name of this season’s “game.” The outer space themed playing field will challenge teams to form alliances and work collaboratively in a highly competitive setting. Competing alliances will coordinate the movements of their three 120-pound robots as they race the clock, and each other, to score as many points as possible! Science Center guests will be able to watch the competition from the playing field perimeter and visit with the teams in the "pit" areas where teams waiting to compete will be staged with their robots.

The Specs

Friday, October 25

Team Load-in  5 - 8 p.m.  Loading Dock

Saturday, October 26

Team Load-in  7:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Loading Dock
Setup  7:30 - 9:30 a.m.  Promenade
Drive Team Meeting  9:30 a.m.  Promenade
Opening Ceremony  10 a.m.  Promenade
Qualifier Rounds  10:15 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Promenade
Alliance Selection & Lunch  1 - 2 p.m.  Auditorium
Elimination Rounds  2 - 4 p.m.  Promenade
Awards Ceremony  4 p.m.  Promenade
Pit Clean-up  4:30 p.m.  Promenade
Team Load-out  5 - 7 p.m.  Loading Dock

*Schedule subject to change. All times are estimated based on flow of rounds. (See pit administration table for updated times).


The FIRST  Robotics Competition is an exciting, international competition that challenges teams, professionals, and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way that is unlike any other event. No yearly challenge is the same!

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accesible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating students to pursue future STEM careers. FIRST provides the FIRST Robotics Competition for high school students, FIRST Tech Challenge for grades 7-12, FIRST LEGO League for grades 4-8, and FIRST LEGO League Jr. for grades K-3. 

Interested in volunteering for the 2019 Curiosity Open?

Register Here! 

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