Who can compete in RARC?

The Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit is open to students in grades 2-12. Students in grades 2-5 participate in the elementary school division; students in grades 6-8 participate in the middle school division; and students in grades 9-12 participate in the high school division.

Participating students must register as a team with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 6 team members all within the same division. A minimum of 3 team members is required to ensure that each team has the necessary support to participate in all aspects of the competition. Students may only compete on one team per competition.

Teams do not have to be affiliated with a public or private school. Homeschool and community organizations may also register teams as long as they meet the requirements outlined above.

How do teams register for the RARC competitions?”

Coaches must register online. Coaches will complete a registration form and a roster form with the names and grade levels of the participating students. On the roster form, you will be asked to list your school/organization name. Please format your team name as school/organization + division + team number (example: Jones Elementary 1) and please provide the first and last names of all team members. It is understood that students may ask to change teams between now and the competition. We want to ensure that this flexibility is available to you and your students. However, if a student does switch teams, it will be the coach’s responsibility to ensure that the student knows his/her team number prior to the competition.

Is there a registration fee associated with the RARC?

Yes, there is a $45 registration fee per team per competition. The registration fee offsets competition expenses such as team envelopes, wristbands, name badges, and handouts; signage; event day equipment and supplies; awards; and security. The RARC coordinator in your community can provide more information on the registration fee amount.

Registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Checks may be made payable to the Cyber Innovation Center and may be mailed to Cyber Innovation Center located at 6300 East Texas Street, Bossier City, Louisiana 71111.

What is the submission deadline?

The submission deadline for online registration forms, rosters, and registration fees is three weeks prior to the competition.

Competition Registration Deadline Competition Date
Competition 1 Friday, October 25, 2019 Saturday, November 16, 2019
Competition 2 Friday, January 24, 2020 Saturday, February 15, 2020
Competition 3 Friday, February 28, 2020 Saturday, March 21, 2020

The information is needed in advance to develop the competition schedule, order supplies, coordinate logistics with the facility, and print materials.

Because of the need to have team information submitted in advance, a $5 late fee will be charged to each team that does not submit its registration form, rosters, and fee by the first registration deadline. No submissions will be accepted after the late registration deadline.

What items should teams bring to the competitions?

Below is a list of suggested items for teams to bring to the competitions.

  • Tennis shoes or non-scuff shoes
  •  Extension cords and power strips
  • Robot(s)
  • Laptop
  • A copy of the team’s computer software (example: LEGO® MindStorms v2.0)
  • Extra batteries
  • Box to store/put the robot for protection and transportation

Who is allowed in the team preparation areas and competition areas?

There will be a team preparation area, also known as the “pit area,” where teams will be assigned tables with two teams per table. Team members must have their wristbands on in order to enter the team preparation area. Pit managers and the security guard will monitor who enters the team preparation area.

One team leader (an adult that is a teacher, coach, or other team volunteer) per every three teams from each elementary and middle school will also be allowed in the team preparation area. Elementary and middle school coaches will be asked to identify which team leaders will be in the team preparation area when the teams register. Those team leaders will receive a name badge and wristband so that they may enter the team preparation area. Coaches will not receive a name badge or wristband unless they are listed as the team leaders on the registration form.

Given the age and maturity of high school team members, team leaders for high school teams can observe the competition from the spectator area and will not have access to the team preparation area after opening ceremonies. Only elementary and middle school team leaders and designated RARC volunteers will be allowed in the team preparation area after opening ceremonies.

The role of the team leaders is to supervise the behavior of the students on their team(s) and to help the team(s) follow the competition schedule. The team leaders are responsible for ensuring that teams report to the competition area before the end of each round. The role of the adult is that of a facilitator and thus all work prior to and at the competitions should be the work of students and not adults. No adults are allowed to use team computers or to touch robotics equipment during the competition. Teams who receive adult assistance will be disqualified. Team leaders are not allowed in the competition area, but may observe from the spectator area.

Can cell phones be used during the competitions?

Cell phones may be used by both participants and spectators during the competition.

Are refreshments available at both campuses and are food and drinks allowed in the team preparation area or competition areas?

Yes, concessions are available at both campuses.

Due to concerns from teams that spilled food and drinks can cause significant damage to expensive computers and equipment, team leaders and team members may not have food and/or drinks in the team preparation area or competition areas.

Teams are encouraged to eat a meal prior to the competition. Students can have a drink or snack in the front lobby or spectator area during breaks in the competition schedule.

Scores and Ranking

How are the scores and team rankings determined?

The scoring guidelines for the competition are included in the competition guidelines

How will teams learn their scores and/or rankings?

Scores will be posted on the RARC website no later than the Friday following the competition.