The Science Center is SO excited to once again host the Curiosity Open: Robotics Challenge, the annual off-season robotics tournament that features some of the best high school robotics teams from accross the region.

FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) Teams from the Great Lakes region have successfully competed at major events both nationally and internationally, and on Sunday, September 25, the Science Center will welcome up to 24 of these FRC teams, and their fans, to this exciting, off-season invitational event. The floor of the Science Center's special exhibition hall will be transformed into a robot battleground where teams will go head-to-head, tournament style, to see whose robots are the best!


$150 per team ($75 additional robot)
(Competitors needing to provide payment using a purchase order or check must call 216-621-2400 to register.)

Check out the tentative event schedule and the current list of registered teams.

In RAPID REACTSM presented by The Boeing Company, two competing alliances are invited to process cargo for transportation. Each alliance is assigned a cargo color (red or blue, based on alliance affiliation) to process by retrieving their assigned cargo and scoring it into the hub. Human players assist the cargo retrieval and scoring efforts from within their terminals. In the final moments of each match, alliance robots race to engage with their hangar to prepare for transport!

Each match begins with a 15 second autonomous period, during which time alliance robots operate only on pre-programmed instructions to score points by:
• Taxiing from their tarmac and
• Retrieving and scoring their assigned cargo into the hub.

In the final 2 minutes and 15 seconds of the match, drivers take control of the robotsand score points by:
• Continuing to retrieve and score their assigned cargo into the hub and
• Engaging with their hangar.

The alliance with the highest score at the end of the match wins!


In RAPID REACT,SM teams must use innovative engineering, creative thinking, and teamwork to reimagine the future of safe, high-speed travel and lightning-fast deliveries to propel the next evolution of transportation forward. Watch the game animation for a closer look at RAPID REACT and important game details, rules, point-scoring, and game-play options.


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 accessible, 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.

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