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Richardson Elementary team places 4th at robotics competition

A Webster Parish robotics team fared well at a recent competition in Bossier City. Richardson Elementary’s Robotics Team 1 placed 4th out of 86 teams representing 29 schools at the Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) Competition.

Approximately 200 elementary, middle, and high school teams from public and private schools and afterschool organizations in Bossier, Caddo, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Sabine, and Webster Parishes and Miller and Union Counties, Arkansas, participated in the 2017-2018 event Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Bossier Civic Center.

The Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) is a series of three robotics competitions for students in grades 3-12.

The competitions build upon one another and allow students to showcase their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and cyber skills by competing against other students in their division (elementary, middle and high school) in a series of integrated challenges.

“Students and teachers alike seem excited about this year’s theme, Small Wonders, Big Possibilities. It allows students to explore fields like chemistry, genetics, and neuroscience in addition to learning to program their robots to autonomously accomplish theme-related tasks on the competition mat,” said Kevin Nolten, Director of Academic Outreach for the Cyber Innovation Center.

“We were thrilled that Louisiana Tech University was able to offer an interactive presentation to the teams to provide a connection between these subject matters and skills and future academic and career pathways.”

The RARC teams accumulated points based on their performance throughout Competition 2 and were ranked accordingly.

Competition 3 will be Saturday, April 28, at the Bossier Civic Center.

Richardson Elementary 1 Members are Carlie Cupples, Emma Herring, Levi Miller, and Vincent Goins They are coached by Olivia Sebald and the parent volunteer is Elisa Cupples.