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bots 1Newton’s FIRST Robotics team began its trek to the World Championships in St. Louis early this morning following a send off party outside of Newton South. The caravan included 47 people, two U-Haul trailers and seven minivans.

The team and parent drivers will spend a total of four days on the road including 40 hours of driving. Each vehicle was decorated with LigerTails on the cars (that’s LigerParent and Village 14 blogger Chuck Tanowitz attaching a tail in second photo.)

bots 2The LigerBots earned an invitation to the FIRST World Championships after being one of four teams from New England chosen to compete for the Chairman’s Award, the top award offered by FIRST. The team is also ranked 10th out of 175 registered teams in New England.

As you may recall the caravan was needed because the team was unable to find an city-approved bus that could take them to the finals.

You can follow the team on InstagramTwitter and their own blog.

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