Baxter Academy for Technology and Science is making a big splash in New England robotics competitions in its rookie season.

The Portland charter school’s team, known as The Outliers, is now one of the top-ranked teams in the state, after a competition in Lewiston over the weekend.

Robotics competitions involve teams of students who build remote-controlled robots to complete specified tasks, such as stacking storage bins. The teams compete for speed and design, among other things.

Baxter and Brewer High School’s team, Orange Chaos, came out of the weekend competition with the highest rankings. South Portland’s team, The Riot Crew, and the Bonny Eagle High School team, B.E.R.T., both of which are perennial contenders, also were among the top teams in Maine.

Baxter Academy’s team earned a place in the New England regional tournament to be held April 9-11 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Its success is especially unusual for a first-year team, and it won the Rookie All-Star Award.

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