Ligerbots crank way to champions

By Chris Erspamer
Published: April 2009

The Newton North-South Robotics Team, the Ligerbots, placed 13th out of 60 at the Connecticut Regionals, which took place from March 25 to 27. The Ligerbots also won the Rookie Inspiration Award for effort and the Rookie High Seed Award, which they previously won at the Boston Regional earlier this year.

The Connecticut Regional was one part of the FIRST Robotics Competition, a yearly tournament in which high school teams build robots that participate in various activities. The competitions, which began in 1992, originally involved only 28 teams, but now include over 150,000 students across the nation.
“The teams we faced at Hartford were much more competitive than at Boston, so it is amazing that we did this well, Science Department Head and Ligerbots coach Charles Hurwitz said. “I expected us to do well and be competitive, but the results went beyond expectations.

The Ligerbots are attending championships in Atlanta, which will take place from today to April 18. The competition will involve around 340 teams.

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