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More than 200 teams in robotics competition


More than 200 elementary, middle, and high school teams competed in the 2016-17 Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) Competition 1 Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Bossier Civic Center.

Public and private schools as well as home school and after school programs in Bossier, Caddo, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Sabine, and Webster Parishes were represented.

RARC is a series of three cyber and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competitions for students in grades 3-12. The competition allows teams to showcase their STEM and 21st Century skills by competing against other teams within their division.

Competitions are sponsored by the Cyber Innovation Center’s National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), the city of Bossier City, Bossier Parish schools, Caddo Parish schools, and Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center.

Theme for the 2016-17 RARC competitions was “Powering the Future.” The challenges require teams to explore a newly discovered, uncharted island with their robots and learn about energy resources.

Bossier Parish libraries and Benton High School offered additional STEM activities during the event.

A middle school robotics team discuss strategy prior to the opening ceremonies.

A competition director lays out the rules prior to the kickoff of Saturday's robotics competition to a portion of the 200 teams that responded to the competition.

Crowds were already taking their seats about an hour before middle and high school competition began. The Bossier City Civic Center was packed to watch the robotics teams.

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