BAE Systems: The Science of Autonomous Vehicles

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Autonomous Vehicles (AV) are finally here and STEM Hub joined forces with  the Australian Grand Prix Corporation and BAE Systems Australia to create a science booklet – The Science of Autonomous Vehicles – to excite and educate the next generation of students about the technologies that are used to develop these advanced vehicles of the future. 

The book aims to inspire the next generation to take on STEM focused learning by raising the profile of STEM subjects and increasing student participation. The book includes high school curriculum relevant material which can be introduced into the classroom, outlines paths that students can take to undertake tertiary studies and provides career representation from technical areas within BAE Systems. 

Students learn about a whole lot of things: 

  1. The 3 main technologies involved (sensors, connectivity, software/control algorithms);
  2. How Artificial Intelligence works (machine learning, algorithms and pseudocode);
  3. Powering an autonomous vehicle (battery-electric vs
    hybrid-electric powertrains);
  4. Examples of racing AVs (Formula E’s Robocar and DevBot 2.0); 
  5. The science behind racing (aerodynamics, Newton’s 3 laws of motion and law of universal gravitation, energy);
  6. Examples of other AVs (Australian Army M113 AS4 Armoured Personnel Carriers, and the BAE Systems’ Taranis: Unmanned Air Vehicle);
  7. STEM career pathways at BAE Systems, and
  8. They get to hear from a professional BAE Systems Australia engineer – Q&A. 

BAE Systems: Autonomous Vehicles Challenge

Bring your best game to the 2020 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix! The BAE Systems Australia: Autonomous Vehicle Challenge brings STEM learning out of the classroom and into the real-world using student driven, and entrepreneurship approaches. Students in grades 5 to 12 with have the chance to become entrepreneurs by applying creative and critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and STEM learning.

This competition aims to attract primary school and Secondary School level students to STEM fields and entrepreneurship. Students are asked to create solutions to the below questions: Primary School: If you were a Race Engineer, what features would be added to a Formula One vehicle to make a winning autonomous race car? Secondary School: If you were a Race Engineer, what features would be added to a Formula One vehicle to make a winning autonomous race car, including design features to protect itself against collisions and damage? 

Entry is free and the top 10 finalists will be selected to pitch their concept to a judging panel of industry experts at the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020. 

To enter, go here: BAE Systems: Autonomous Vehicles Challenge.

Photo credit: Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix

Innovation & Tech Hub at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix

Formula 1 is the most technologically advanced sport in the world. At its very heart is the relentless pursuit of innovation. It is against this backdrop that students of all ages can experience the intersection of innovation, tech, and motorsports at the Innovation & Tech Hub.

Students activities include:

  1. Career presentations featuring representatives from the technical areas of Formula One and the local motorsport industry;
  2. Engaging exhibitors showcasing local innovations and capabilities with interactive displays, and
  3. Student workshops where participants get hands-on experience with advancing technologies.
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