On Saturday, November 19, four Heathwood students became the inaugural winners of the Middle School division in RARC of South Carolina robotics competition.
Seventh graders William Black, Austen Davis, Aaron Sawyer, and Daniel Sobel, and sixth grader Neil Kennard represented Heathwood at the competition. All are members of Heathwood’s Middle School Robotics Club. They were coached by 6th grade science teacher Jason Giovanonne and by parent Denise Davis.
This is the first year of Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC) competitions in Columbia. Sponsored by IT-ology, the RARC competitions are designed to give students an opportunity to showcase their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and cyber skills through competition with other teams In their age group in a series of STEM and liberal arts challenges.
Winning their first competition against tough competition from a number of other Midlands schools was an impressive feat that the boys will try to repeat when the next RARC competition is held here at Heathwood in February.
Coach Davis attributes the victory in large part to strong teamwork. “The key to these competitions is that they work together as a group,” she said. “These boys really seem to listen to each other and get along. Teamwork is essential, along with their love for robotics, and they rose to the challenge.”