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Regional robotics competition set


More than 210 elementary, middle and high school teams will be displaying their robotic skills during the 2017-18 Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) competition Saturday, Nov. 4 at the Bossier Civic Center.

Teams of students from public, private and charter schools plus home school and after school programs have registered and will represent Bossier, Caddo, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Sabine and Webster parishes and Miller and Union counties in Arkansas.

Sponsors of the competition include the Cyber Innovation Center’s National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), the City of Bossier City, Bossier Parish schools, and Caddo Parish schools.

 Registration for the elementary school competition will begin at 7:15 a.m. Saturday with award presentations set for 11:15. Middle and high school teams will register at 11 a.m. and presentation of awards is set for 3:45.

RARC is a series of three cyber and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competitions for students in grades 3 through 12. The competitions build upon one another and allow teams to showcase their cyber, STEM, and 21st century skills by competing against other teams within their division. 

Liberal arts lessons are also integrated to provide context for the content.
Theme for this year’s competition is Small Wonders, Big Possibilities. Teams will explore concepts such as chemistry, biology, nanotechnology, and, of course, robotics while participating in challenges on a competition mat designed to simulate a laboratory. 

A robotics competition team gets instruction from a volunteer.

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