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.

Each team operates a robot that shoots baskets on a makeshift basketball court, Libby said. In each match, South Portland aligns with two other teams to compete in a three-on-three game.

South Portland’s robot, which is named Betty, has been programmed to shoot layups. Betty is 36 inches tall and operated remotely by students, who programmed and built her.

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

Seventeen students made the trip to St. Louis for the First Robotics Competition, which began Thursday and will end Saturday.

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