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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 vehicle dynamics, roadway geometric design, traffic system control, and connected and automated vehicles. You’ll practice integrating sensors, algorithms and a computing unit to automate vehicle movements. We may 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).

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.


Cole Kopca and Erik Ma

More Information 

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

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


Jul 25–Aug 5, 2022

9 a.m.–12 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
Jun 15, 2022