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LEGO Robotics Competition Nov 21
Posted on Sunday, November 15th, 2015 at 01:43 PM by Paul

The LigerBots are hosting a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) qualifying tournament at Newton North High School on Saturday, November 21st, from 9am to 3pm. FLL teams have spent the past two months designing and building robots, researching their projects, and practicing their FIRST core values, and are ready to show off their achievements. Come and watch the robot games, see the project presentations in our own “FLL Idol” event, and explore our mini-Maker’s Faire. This event is free and open to the public, and suitable for kids kindergarten age and older!

FLL is part of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and is open to students in grades 4-8. FIRST is an international non­profit youth organization created specifically “to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders”. Student participation in the FLL enhances independence and personal growth, while also highlighting skills needed for teamwork and leadership.


Parents Night
Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 09:51 PM by Ian

This Wednesday, October 14th, is LigerBots Parents Night! Parents Night is a special meeting meant for the parents of LigerBots team members to learn everything they need to know about the team. At Parents Night, we will go over the team's structure and schedule, talk about participation requirements, explain rules and procedures, and go over the flow of the year, including our build and competition seasons. We urge at least one parent per family to attend, as the information we will be going over is very important, however we understand if you cannot make it due to prior arrangements.

Parents Night will be held from 7:00 to 8:30, on October 14th in the Film Lecture Hall at North. The film lecture hall is the first room to the left from the Tiger Drive entrance.

LigerBots Team Info Meeting
Posted on Sunday, June 14th, 2015 at 06:06 PM by Paul

The LigerBots, the robotics team of the combined Newton North and South High Schools, is holding an information session for prospective members and parents, tomorrow, Monday June 15th.

The meeting will be on Monday, June 15, 6:30–8:30PM, in the Newton South wood shop, Room 9170. This will be a hands-on evening for prospective team members, with opportunities to drive the 2015 robot, use power tools, CAD on computers, make marketing products, and do engineering challenge games. Mentors will be available to talk with parents about how the team works and opportunities for adult involvement. Dessert will be served. 

If you will be a Newton high school student next year, and are interested in finance, design, community outreach, and even robotics, or are an adult interested in getting involved (non-parents welcome too), please join us and have some fun.

For more information, email [email protected].

FIRST® LEGO® League Information Night
Posted on Sunday, June 14th, 2015 at 10:56 AM by Paul

Are you interested in robotics for your elementary or middle school student?

The LigerBots invite you to find out more at an information night for FIRST LEGO League (FLL®) - robotics for 4-8th grade.

Wednesday, June 24th
7-9 pm
Newton North High School
Film Lecture Hall

For directions, see this map. The Film Lecture Hall is located just off the main school lobby. There should be plenty of parking off of Elm Rd (enter from Lowell or Walnut Streets).

In FLL, teams of up to 10 students, ages 9-14, are immersed in real world science and technology challenges. Teams research and design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. This year's challenge is Trash Trek.

For more info, you can send an email to [email protected].

The LigerBots Rise to the Top of the New England Region.
Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 09:16 PM by Ilias
Chairman's Award

During our competition at Northeastern from March 27-28, FRC team 2877, the LigerBots, were chosen to be part of the second seed alliance along with team 1768 and 663; with our new teammates, we made it all the way to the finals which ended in two very close matches. After our performance at Northeastern, our team moved on to the regional championships at WPI which took place from April 9 to 11. After an intense series of 120 qualification matches, The LigerBots became the captain of the sixth seed alliance and chose team 230 and 558 to participate with us. During Quarterfinals match 2, the LigerBots received a standing ovation when we righted Team 558, Robo Squad's, robot after they had tipped over. The competition at WPI was intense and we congratulate all 60 teams that participated.

During the awards ceremony, the LigerBots won the regional Chairman's award and secured our place as one of the top 10 New England teams to qualify for St. Louis. The Chairman’s Award is given once at each district competition for to the team that best represents a model for others to emulate, and embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. At the regional championships, all the district winners are given a chance to compete against the other recipients; however, only four presentations are chosen to compete in St. Louis against teams from all over the world. In order to receive this prestigious award, a group of students must showcase the work they have done for the community by creating a written response to present directly to a panel of judges and to film a video demonstrating the impact we have made.

This year, the LigerBots are hoping to perform just as well at St. Louis, and are currently raising more funds to help get the team there. If you wish to donate to the LigerBots, please go to http://ligerbots.org/support.php.

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