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J.L. Jones robotics team ranks high in Bossier competition

by Minden Press-Herald

Three teams from J.L. Jones Elementary finished in the top 20 at the Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit Competition in Bossier City Saturday, Feb. 20.

J.L. Jones Elementary third grade students James Williams, Nicholas Evans and Brianna Wade took 15th place in the Autonomous Robotics Circuit Competition in Bossier City Feb. 20. Courtesy Photo

J.L. Jones Elementary third grade students James Williams, Nicholas Evans and Brianna Wade took 15th place in the Autonomous Robotics Circuit Competition in Bossier City Feb. 20. Courtesy Photo

They finished 11th, 15th and 20th in the competition, Principal Dusty Rowland said.

“I am so very proud of my students,” she said. “They have spent many after school hours preparing for this event. After completing this round of competition, the students feel more confident about competing against more experienced schools.”

J.L. Jones is the only school that has robotics teams made up of only third grade students; 85 teams competed in the Grades 3-5 division.

The RARC is a series of three competitions for students in grades 3-12. The competitions build upon one another and allow students to showcase their STEM skills by competing against other students in their division – elementary, middle and high school – in a series of STEM and liberal arts challenges.

The hands-on challenges serve a dual purpose: introduce STEM concepts and its many applications and reinforce STEM fundamentals learned in the classroom.

Robotics is a great way to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math topics. Studies show that it is highly effective in developing teamwork and self-confidence. One aspect of the digital age learning that is essential to prepare students for the evolving 21st century workplace is collaboration.

“We know that there are many talented, intelligent children who, if given the opportunity and exposure, can master technology topics and become our future scientists, engineers and even inventors,” she said. “I want my students at J.L. Jones to have that exposure and opportunity.”

Amanda Greer is the school sponsor, and Elissa Cupples and Justin Perryman serve as volunteer sponsors.

Rankings include first place, South Highlands Elementary, second place, St. John Berchmans Elementary and third place, Legacy Elementary.

The final competition will be April 30.

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