196 teams to compete at robotics competition in Bossier

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Approximately 196 elementary, middle, and high school teams have registered to compete in the 2014-2015 Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) Competition 1 this Saturday, November 8 at the Bossier Civic Center.

Bossier, Caddo, Desoto, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Sabine, and Webster Parishes and Union County, Ark. will be represented.

RARC is a series of three science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competitions for students in grades 3-12. 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 in STEM and liberal arts challenges. The competitions are sponsored by the Cyber Innovation Center’s National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), the City of Bossier City, Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, Bossier Parish Schools, and Caddo Parish Schools.

The theme for the 2014-2015 RARC competitions is Exploring New Realms with the challenges revolving around space exploration. Elementary school teams will compete in the morning beginning at 8:00 a.m. and will receive their awards at approximately 11:00 a.m. The middle and high school divisions will begin their challenges at 12:00 p.m. with winners announced at approximately 4:00 p.m. The competition is open to the public and media.

To learn more about RARC and to see pictures from previous competitions, please visit http://www.nicerc.org/regional-autonomous-robotics-circuit/ or www.facebook.com/CIC.NICERC.