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Ligerbots gear up for FIRST Challenge

Posted By Alex Gershanov On May 13, 2009 @ 2:58 am In News | Comments Disabled

The Ligerbots, South and North’s combined robotics team, returned from the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) World Championships without a title, but nevertheless proud of what they had accomplished. With an attendance of over 300 teams from the United States, Israel, Canada, and Brazil, the rookie team placed 74th out of 87 teams in their division.

The FTC World Championships were held in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, between April 16 and 18.

The tournament was divided into four divisions where teams competed in predetermined alliances of three teams each. The champion alliance of each division would move on to the final bracket to compete for the title.

Although the Ligerbots did not advance in their division, they were highly satisfied with their performance.

“For a first year team we did really well, robotics team member and junior Hasith Vidanamadura said. “Now that we’ve seen how regionals and nationals actually work, we’ll have better strategies for next year.

While the team did not place particularly high, they did very well for a new team competing against the nation’s best. Each team present at the competition was a regional champion and many of the teams had more experience than the Ligerbots.

The team noted that the level of difficulty at this competition was far greater than at previous ones.

“The competition was very intense, co-captain of the Ligerbots and junior Jeremy Perlman said. “We were definitely intimidated, but I don’t think many of us felt it because of how excited we were for the competition.
The challenges increased in size from one playing field to four, and the standard of competition was much higher. For what they lacked in score, however, the Ligerbots made up in sportsmanship.

The team conducted itself professionally and excelled at teamwork. Competitors were surprised to hear that the Ligerbots were a new team.

The team improved a few of the robot’s design features since the Boston and Hartford Regionals but did not make any drastic changes since the tournaments have the same challenges that the robots need to overcome.

Although the competitive season is over, the team plans to attend fundraising and community outreach events in the future. They recently attended Newton FunFest and the Newton North Showcase, where they introduced the community to the world of robotics.

The team is excited for next year’s season and has learned much from this past year.

“The experience we gained this year will allow us to build a much more competitive robot next year, robotics team programmer and sophomore Adam Scherlis said.

Scherlis noted that an important part of the competition is scouting out other teams to know which teams present the biggest challenges.

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