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UW Youth & Teen Programs

Introduction to Autonomous Cars

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how self-driving cars can change our future. In this course, you’ll learn about important topics related to autonomous vehicles (AVs) and the supporting infrastructure, and work with a team to build your own AV using LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Kits. We’ll discuss specific topics related to AVs, such as connected technology, sensing and data collection, traffic system control, electrification and more. You’ll practice integrating sensors, algorithms and a computing unit to automate vehicle movements. We'll also take field trips to on-campus labs and hear from UW researchers and scientists. This course is offered in partnership with UW’s Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans Center).

What You'll Learn

  • Problem-solving, creativity, adaptability and resourcefulness  skills
  • How to work collaboratively in peer groups and with partners
  • Industry-related design and technical vocabulary  

Who Should Register 

This course is for incoming sixth to eighth graders. No experience is required, but this course is best suited for students who are passionate about robotics and engineering and have some experience with LEGO robotics and Python programming.


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More Information 

This in-person course is taught on the UW Seattle campus

Students who want a full-day experience can register for two courses — one in the morning and one in the afternoon — which will include a supervised lunch break between courses. Students should bring a lunch. 

See the Policies page for details about registration policies, COVID-19 vaccination requirements and more. 


Jul 15–Jul 26, 2024

9 a.m.–12 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
Jun 3, 2024