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BAE Systems: The Science of Autonomous Vehicles

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) are finally here and STEM Hub joined forces with  the Australian Grand Prix Corporation (AGPC) and BAE Systems Australia to create a science booklet – The Science of Autonomous Vehicles – to promote STEM learning, STEM professions and new technologies currently involved in developing 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 insights from STEM trained professionals currently working at BAE Systems Australia. 

BAE Systems Autonomous Vehicles Challenge

Along with the book, students were given an opportunity to battle it out in front of their peers at the BAE Systems Australia: Autonomous Vehicle Challenge held at the 2020 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix. The challenge brought STEM learning out of the classroom and into the real-world using student driven, and entrepreneurship approaches to attract students to STEM fields and entrepreneurship.

Students from grades 5 to 12 were given a problem, and asked to come up with a solution. The top 10 schools selected were invited to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas in front of a judging panel of industry experts.  

And the winners are!

Congratulations to Ringwood North Primary School, winners of the BAE Systems Autonomous Vehicles Challenge (Primary Schools). We’d also like to congratulate the 2nd prize winners, Roxbury Rise Primary School on an awesome pitch, and the following schools for doing an outstanding job: Kismet Park PS, Mossgiel Park PS, Silverton PS, and St.Kevin’s College PS.

Due to the Australian Grand Prix's cancellation, Secondary Schools were not able to pitch; however, they will be given an opportunity to pitch virtually in coming months, so watch this space!

Thank you to the AGCP who made the event a success and to the judging panellists Mr Brad Yelland (CTO BAE Systems Australia), Ms Kirsty Bateman (Director of Engineering - Capability, BAE Systems Australia), Professor Brant Gibson (RMIT Department of Physics), and Professor Cees Bil (RMIT Department of Engineering and Aviation).


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