School robotics competition returns this weekend

Approximately 200 elementary, middle, and high school teams have registered to compete in the 2017- 2018 Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) Competition 2 this Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Bossier Civic Center.

Public and private schools as well as afterschool programs in Bossier, Caddo, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Sabine, and Webster Parishes and Miller and Union Counties, Arkansas, will be represented.

RARC is a series of three cyber and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competitions for students in grades 3-12. 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 is Small Wonders, Big Possibilities. The teams will explore concepts like chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, and, of course, robotics while participating in challenges on a competition mat designed to look like a laboratory. Additionally, the Biomedical Engineering department and the Neuronal Networks in Epilepsy and Memory (NeuroNEM) team of Louisiana Tech University will offer a presentation called “The Human Brain at Work” and hands-on experiments for the teams and spectators prior to each awards ceremony.

The competition will begin at 8 a.m. with the elementary division. The competition is open to the public and media. To learn more about RARC, click HERE or visit their Facebook page.