Recapping the Youth Education and HIL Presentations at the Winter Workshop

“How many of you rode the bus to school today?” Ashley Kronsell asked the audience. The Co-Outreach Coordinator from Rose-Hulman then explained how buses use energy to move people from one place to another.

But this wasn’t a classroom of middle-school students; it was a room full of Outreach judges listening to Outreach Coordinators present a Youth Education presentation typically given to 11 to 14 year old students. The teams will take the presentations that cover topics like energy, efficiency, and vehicles to local middle schools over the next two years of the competition. The judges also participated in hands-on educational activities presented by the teams, and gave comments and suggestions for improvements.

“The feedback I got from the judges was fantastic,” said Tyler Rose, the Outreach Coordinator the University of Washington. “I haven’t been in middle school for a long time, so it was nice for them to provide feedback from that perspective. What is great about this presentation is taking the technical aspects of our vehicle and translating them in a way that youth can understand.”

Down the hall in the Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) judging room, students showed how much progress they had made controlling the stock vehicle in a simulation environment using their HIL systems. This is an important milestone for the students, as it demonstrates an understanding of the process that they will use at the Year One Competition for simulating their own unique architectures and demonstrating control systems.