Students from Newton North and Newton South High School come together to form the LigerBots, a FIRST robotic team.
Name: LigerBots - Newton's FIRST Robotics Team, made up of about 40 high school students.
Accomplishment: The team was worked throughout the school year to build a robot will be competing against other robots in Boston April 7-9 at Agganis Arena at Boston University.
How they got there: The LigerBots are a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics team. The members of the Ligerbots work all school year starting with weekly meetings during the pre-season to meeting 6 days a week during the build season, where they work together to build a robot from scratch.
"A large aspect of FIRST is centered around the community, and promoting the love of science and technology," explains junior Paige Grody.
While many kids admire professional athletes, Paige wonders why there isn’t the same adoration for scientists.
The team is formed like a business, with the students in different positions. This helps ensure that everything gets done on time. Paige Grody serves as CEO, and sophomore Evan Nitkin is the head of Business Development.
“It’s really cool that a group of high school students banded together to form a business,” Nitkin says.
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