MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – A three-team alliance from Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut took top honors at the regional FIRST robotics competition held in New Hampshire.

The Granite State Regional competition held Friday and Saturday brought together 47 high school teams from New England, New Jersey, New York and California. This year’s challenge involved designing robots that operate on a low-friction playing field that simulates the moon, picking up and delivering balls to an opposing robot’s trailer.

The winning alliance included students from Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton and Mount Hope high schools in Rhode Island; Bedford High School in Massachusetts; and Enrico Fermi High School in Enfield, Conn.

The national finals will be held in Atlanta in April.

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