Racecar (MIT – Mathisi Initiative)

In its effort to promote research and innovation, Pierce – The American College of Greece always strives to secure internationally recognized educational programs that give its students the opportunity to develop their special abilities and to cultivate their creativity.

In this context, Pierce – The American College of Greece is the first school in Europe to implement the pilot secondary education program RACECAR, designed by Beaver Works Summer Institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with the support of the non-profit organization “Mathisi Initiative.”

This pilot program aims to reinforce students’ knowledge and abilities in the field of programming, robotics and technology, combining theory with practice.

Sixteen Gymnasium students will take part in the program, selected based on academic criteria, and will be divided in four 4-member teams (4 students A Gymnasium, 4 students B Gymnasium and 8 students C Gymnasium). In order to work, they will receive the required guidelines on the following subjects:

  1. Programming (Python)
  2. Artificial Vision (OpenCV)
  3. Robotics (Robot Operation System – ROS) and Control Theory

Along with the theoretical approach of each subject, each team will assemble its own automobile and, with the help of appropriate software and the corresponding algorithms, will incorporate into it the necessary sensors and codes to create, in the end, a self-driving car!

At the end of the school year, the four teams will have the opportunity to take part in the Grand Prix, at which each team will compete with its own code and its own algorithms. At the competition, the winner will be the self-driving car that succeeds in traveling along a specific route the fastest.

Club Advisor: Mr. F. Katsochristos
Day and time: Wednesday 15:30 – 17:00