Final robotics competition of 2018-19 school year set for Saturday

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RARC Judges around competition mat at RARC competition in February 2019. (Courtesy photo)

The Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) will conclude its 2018-2019 competition series with Competition 3 this Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Bossier Civic Center.

Elementary, middle, and high school teams from Bossier, Caddo, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Sabine, Vernon, and Webster Parishes and Bowie County, Texas, will be represented.

RARC is a series of three cyber and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competitions for students in grades 2-12. The competitions build upon one another and allow teams to showcase their STEM and 21st Century skills by competing against other teams within their division. Liberal arts lessons are also integrated to provide a context for the content.

The competitions are sponsored by the Cyber Innovation Center’s National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), the City of Bossier City, Bossier Parish Schools, and Caddo Parish Schools. 

This year’s theme, Marine Discovery, allows teams to explore concepts like marine biology, oceanography, meteorology, and, of course, robotics while participating in challenges on a competition mat designed to look like the ocean. 

Elementary school teams will compete in the morning beginning at 8 a.m. and will receive their awards at approximately 11:25 a.m. The middle and high school divisions will begin at 12 p.m. with winners announced at approximately 3:55 p.m. The competition is open to the public and media.

To learn more about RARC, please visit http://nicerc.org/rarc/ or http://www.facebook.com/CIC.NICERC.