Central Park Elementary, Elm Grove Middle School, and Parkway High School took first place trophies back to their schools after the second competition of the Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) held last weekend.

Seventy-six teams from elementary, middle, and high schools in Bossier, Caddo, Natchitoches, Ouachita, and Webster Parishes registered to compete in the challenge held at the Bossier Civic Center Nov. 5.

Proud parents, grandparents, and friends rooted for the teams as they participated in a “fire-fighting” simulation that required teams to use their robots to autonomously navigate a home and to locate and fight “fires” using light sensors and ultrasonic sensors.

The teams earned points based on their performance at the competition and were ranked accordingly. Central Park Elementary’s Team Sparks emerged as the first place winner in the elementary division with Providence Classical Academy taking both second and third places. In the middle school division, The Eagles from Elm Grove Middle School earned first place while Keithville Team 1 and the Gods of Flame from Green Acres Middle School won second and third place, respectively. Parkway High School won first place in the high school division followed by Minden High School in second place and Haughton High School Team 1 in third place.

The teams competed dynamically and, as a result, many of the winning placements had to be decided based on time, the tie-breaker criterion.

“This competition demonstrated how the teams’ skill levels have grown since the first competition in September. The RARC committee recognizes the teams’ ingenuity is ready to create an even greater challenge for our next competition on February 25,” said G.B. Cazes, director of Academic Outreach and Workforce Development at the Cyber Innovation Center.

The Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit is a series of four robotics competitions offered by the Cyber Innovation Center in partnership with Bossier Parish Community College, Louisiana Tech University, Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, and Bossier Parish Schools. Students in grades 4-12 from schools across the region are eligible to participate in one or all of the competitions that are scheduled throughout the 2011-2012 school year. At the conclusion of the final competition in May 2012, grand champions in each division will be named based on the accumulation of points from all four competitions, and those teams will be awarded trophies and technology awards for their schools.

To learn more about the Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit, please visit http://cyberinnovationcenter.org/academic-outreach/upcoming-competitions/.