A team from South Portland High School is doing well in an international robotics competition featuring 400 teams from around the world.

Bob Libby, who is coaching the South Portland team, said Thursday night that the local school is currently in 45th place in its division. There are four divisions with 100 teams in each division.

Each team operates a robot which shoots baskets on a makeshift basketball court, Libby said.

South Portland’s robot, which is named Betty, has been programmed to shoot layups. Betty is 36 inches tall and is maneuvered by remote control. Students built and programmed the robot.

As of Thursday, South Portland had a 2-1 record, with five more matches to play before the Final Four is announced.

Seventeen students made the trip to St. Louis where they will compete in the First Robotics Competition through Saturday.

Two other teams from Maine, Messalonskee High School in Oakland and Spruce Mountain in Jay also made the trip.