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MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Robots and their high school student designers from throughout the Northeast will vie for first place as the 11th annual Granite State Regional FIRST Robotics Competition gets under way in Manchester.

The competition opens Friday at the Verizon Wireless Arena. About 40 schools from throughout New England, New York and Canada are entering robots.

Doors open to the public at 8 a.m.

U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster will deliver remarks during the opening ceremonies, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Qualification matches will take place throughout Friday and on Saturday morning.

The final rounds take place Saturday between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., topped by an awards ceremony.

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