16 Apr 2019

CHS Hosts RARC-3 Robotics Competition

The CHS Bear Bots Robotics Team participated in the third of three 2018-2019 Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) of South Louisiana at Catholic High School on Saturday, April 6. Participation in the event has increased from six teams in 2016-2017 to more than 30 elementary, middle and high school teams from the Baton Rouge area.

The theme for the 2018-2019 RARC competitions is Small Wonders, Big Possibilities. Students created molecules by using LEGO blocks to represent protons and neutrons, delivering them to the nucleus on the map. They moved PVC couplers to load up electrons in the electron shell of the atom. Students simulated the creation of recombinant DNA, and performed additional tasks to explore areas in genetics, chemistry and neuroscience.

RARC is a series of three cyber and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) competitions for students in grades 2-12 developed by the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) in Bossier City. The Cyber Innovation Center is funded jointly by the US Department of Defense and Homeland Security to provide students with the academic fundamentals and cyber degree/career awareness needed to significantly expand the number of cybersecurity professionals entering the U.S. workforce. The RARC competitions were established in 2011 and have grown to include more than 100 teams in the Shreveport area. RARC expanded to South Louisiana two years ago.

Current team standings are located on the RARC website. To learn more about RARC and how to participate in future competitions, click here or contact Sheri Schoonmaker for more info.