SJB Students Win Regional Robotics Competition

Recently, the St. John Berchmans Robotics team, coached by Andy Hitt and sponsored by Annalisa Blanchard, competed in the Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) competition. RARC is a series of three competitions throughout the year that allow students to showcase their STEM skills by competing against other students in their division in a series of STEM challenges.

Why are STEM competitions so important?  According to the February 2012 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report to the President, the nation will require approximately one million more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), professionals than what will be produced at the current rates over the next decade.

The competitions are sponsored by the Cyber Innovation Center’s National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), the City of Bossier, Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, Bossier Parish Schools and Caddo Parish Schools.

During the second competition of the year, St. John Berchmans Robotics Team One took home the first place trophy in the elementary division – a division that was represented by 89 teams from across the region. Congratulations to our 5th grade Robotics team on winning first place!  What a bright future you have ahead of you!

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