PrintNewton’s FIRST Robotics team today goes into day two of the New England District Championships at Boston University. The Ligerbots, a team of students from both Newton high schools entered the competition ranked 8th in New England.

You can watch all the matches online (check out the schedule), or you can make the trip down Comm Ave to take a look for yourself. Today is a series of round robin competitions with a few more on Saturday. Then, on Saturday afternoon the competition starts elimination rounds. If the Ligerbots do well enough in through all their matches yesterday, today and tomorrow, they’d end up in the elimination rounds.

The game itself is a combination of soccer and basketball played with an “alliance” of three robots. During the round robins the teams are random, almost like a pickup basketball game. At the elimination stage an alliance remains consistent for the remainder of the competition.

They went very far in both previous competitions. At WPI they finished on the first alliance and at the Northeastern competition they were on the alliance that came in second.

The team is number 2877, so if you’re looking for them on any of the FIRST websites you’ll have to search for the number itself.

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