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Robotics competition set Feb. 24


Approximately 200 elementary, middle and high school teams have registered for competition in the 2017-18 Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) Competition 2 scheduled Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Bossier Civic Center.

Competition in the elementary division is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. following check-in and opening ceremonies. Middle and high school challenges will are scheduled to kick off at 12:45 p.m. Elementary division awards will be presented at 11:15 a.m. High school and middle school award presentations are set for 3:45 p.m.

Teams representing schools from Bossier, Caddo, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Sabine and Webster parishes plus Miller and Union counties in Arkansas have announced intentions to compete.

RARC is a series of three cyber and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competitions for students in grades 3-12. 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. 

Sponsors of the event 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.

This year’s theme is “Small Wonders, Big Possibilities.” Teams will explore concepts like chemistry, biology, nanotechnology, and, of course, robotics while participating in challenges on a competition mat designed to look like a laboratory. 

 Louisiana Tech University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science will offer a presentation called “The Human Brain at Work” to teams and spectators prior to each awards ceremony.

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