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The Center of Robotics Innovation (CORI) is a program of the PAST Foundation and is made up of individuals in the central Ohio area focused on enhancing skill-based learning of robotics, to support Ohio’s need for skilled problem solvers and engineers and ultimately benefit technology job development in Ohio. Through a growing partnership of schools, teams, businesses and philanthropic organization, we use FIRST Robotics to inspire students to explore science, technology, engineering and math in college and their professions.

We encourage local universities and businesses to engage directly with students by providing mentors for their projects, thereby increasing the likelihood that students will attend those universities and work in those businesses in the future.

About FIRST®

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 young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. 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.  For more information, visit


Upcoming CORI Events:

2019 CORI Robotics Invitational – October 13th at Worthington Kilbourne High School

CORI 2018 Photos

Interested in starting a FIRST robotics team?

Contact us at for information.


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