What is it?
The Panhellenic Middle School Robotic Competition, RACECAR Challenge, is organized in in collaboration with the non-profit organizations Mathisi Initiative, Pierce – The American College of Greece and Junior Achievement – Greece and is based on the miniRacecar program, designed and offered by the Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
In Racecar Challenge, the autonomous racecars which teams of students will have programmed and assembled in the miniRacecar course will compete through autonomously racing on a racetrack with specific obstacles.
MiniRacecar and Racecar Challenge are open to any student in Greece attending a Gymnasio class, who will work in team of 2 to 4 members under the guidance of a teacher of their school.
Video courtesy of the Beaver Works Summer Institute
Who is it for?
For students to participate, they need to be supported and registered by a teacher at their school. The teachers are responsible for ensuring that their students form teams, for registering their students, for supporting them through the educational program miniRacecar, and for supporting them for the Racecar Competition. They will receive a certificate of teaching completion from the BWSI at MIT.
Students can participate in teams of 2 to 4 members, and must be registered by a teacher at their school. Upon completion of the miniRacecar course, they will receive a certificate of completion from the BWSI at MIT. Completion of miniRacecar is required to take part in Racecar Challenge.
I will build a STEM project, and i will learn Programming in Python, Robotics and even Computer Vision.
I will attend a high-quality course, designed and offered by the BWSI at MIT!
I can attend miniRacecar and participate in RACECAR Challenge for FREE!
When I complete miniRacecar, I will receive a certificate from BWSI!
I can work online with my teammates and without the physical car, thanks to the course simulator!
The Racecar Challenge’s winning team will participate in BWSI’s camp and final race.
How to participate?
1. Registration in the miniRACECAR training program and the Racecar Challenge competition
Registration for miniRacecar and the Panhellenic Racecar Challenge closed on January 16, 2022. We hope to see you again next year!
2. Attending the program
Completing miniRacecar should require approximately 70-80 hours, but this depends on many factors, such as the student’s prior knowledge and experience, his/her ability to quickly finish the system etc. The course is comprised of 5 labs at the end of which the student is asked to complete a coding activity to test his/her newly acquired knowledge. MiniRacecar is fully supported for distance learning and includes the simulator RacecarSim which simulates the behavior of the physical vehicle based on the student’ programming. (However the competition is based on the physical car).
3. Conditions for participation in the RACECAR Challenge
Students currently enrolled in a Gymnasio class, in teams of 2-4 members, and supported by a teacher at their school, are eligible to register to miniRacecar. Participation in Racecar Challenge requires the completion of miniRACECAR and the assembly of the physical racing vehicle.
4. Useful links
For the educational program, miniRacecar, material related to system set-up here, python learning material here and training material for all the workshops can be found on youtube. For additional support regarding the training program and the competition, please refer to the Support page.
The day of competition