This Saturday, November 9, 2013, over 700 elementary, middle, and high school students will meet at the Bossier Civic Center to compete in Competition I of the 2013-2014 Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC). RARC, now beginning its fifth competition year, is a series of three science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competitions for students in grades 4-12. The competitions build upon one another and allow students to showcase their STEM skills by competing against other students 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, and Bossier Parish Schools.
The theme for the 2013-2014 RARC competitions is the Olympics, and the challenges the teams face reflect this theme. Elementary and middle school teams will compete in robotic field and robotic track challenges while high school teams will attempt equestrian related challenges. A new component of RARC this year is the new STEM Quiz Bowl for elementary and middle school divisions. During the STEM Quiz Bowl, teams will face off in lightning rounds consisting of grade-level STEM and Olympic history trivia questions.
Elementary and high school teams will compete in the morning beginning at 8:15 a.m. and will receive their awards at approximately 11:15 a.m. The middle school division will begin its competition at 1:15 p.m. Middle school winners will be announced at approximately 4:30 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.