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School robotics competition set for February 2 at Civic Center

Area elementary- and middle-school students compete in the second Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit competition in winter 2018. (Courtesy photo)

The Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) will continue its 2018-2019 competition series with Competition 2 this Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at the Bossier Civic Center.

Elementary, middle, and high school teams from Bossier, Caddo, Natchitoches, Sabine, Vernon, and Webster Parishes 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, biomimicry, mineralogy, ichthyology, 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 8:00 a.m. and will receive their awards at approximately 11:15 a.m. The middle and high school divisions will begin at 12:00 p.m. with winners announced at approximately 3:45 p.m. The competition is open to the public and media. 

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

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.