10-14 October 2016 | MELBOURNE AUSTRALIA

Student AutoCar Programming Challenge: Smart City Project

Students: 12 – 17 year old, boys and girls

Participating schools:
Keysborough Secondary College, Melbourne (Acacia Campus and Banksia Campus)
St Peters Lutheran College, Brisbane 
Epsom Primary School, Bendigo (regional Victoria)
Mater Christi College, Victoria
Perth Modern, Western Australia
The Australian Science and Mathematics School / Flinders University, South Australia

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (exhibition hall concourse area)

Tuesday 11 October 2016
10.30am – 2pm: Student showcase display

Wednesday 12 October 2016
10.30am – 2pm: Student showcase display

Thursday 13 October 2016 – OPEN TO PUBLIC DAY
10.30am – 11.30am: Student presentation, Exhibition Hall Auditorium
12:00pm – 2pm: Student showcase display

Friday 14 October 2016 – OPEN TO PUBLIC DAY
10am – 1pm: Student showcase display

OPEN TO PUBLIC DAY – Free to attend if registered in advance, registration will open soon.

ITS Australia is engaging with students with an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  With the SmartCity Project, teams of Victorian and Australian students are challenged to design, build a model of smart city consisting of intelligent vehicles, smart infrastructure and sustainable buildings. This follows on from an earlier challenge in 2015 to program an autonomous vehicle. 
The aim of SmartCity is to use computational thinking and program a navigation algorithm to autonomously navigate vehicles through a series of traffic challenges that test collision avoidance and road safety. Towards this, teams of students are collaborating to augment their SmartCity models with smart infrastructure or vehicle-to-vehicle communication, even integrating a police drone and pedestrians. 
We hope to engage international participants with the software and models developed by teams of students to complete this smart city challenge. The SmartCity project will be showcased by the student teams at the 23rd ITS Word Congress 2016 in Melbourne, 10 – 14 October 2016, with a “maker-space” for delegates to share our hands-on problem solving and learning. 
This challenge is being coordinated by Russell Jenkin from Dynamic Connections and Roland Gesthuizen from Mater Christi College, Melbourne. ITS engineer Tony Rai from Code the Future is helping coach students with advanced programming Arduino robots. Moon shots live in the grey area between audacious technology and pure science fiction. Our moon shot empowers students around the globe to build and control their future.
Parents and the general public are welcome to come and visit the display on the Open to Public Days on Thursday 13 and Friday 14 October 2016 and to also visit the huge international display of the latest transport technology that is taking us towards our goal of zero road fatalities. Free to attend if registered in advance.

Enquiries: Marcus van der Velden, ITS 2016 Schools Program Coordinator
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