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High School Autonomous Vehicle Competition

Engineer. Design. Perform.

The Autonomous Vehicle Competition is structured and modeled after the engineering design cycle that Argonne engineers and scientists regularly practice.

The Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC) involves submitting a project proposal, documenting the progress, and continuing all the way to presenting the final product. The competition will consist of both preliminary and day of competition” phases (as detailed in handbook).

High school teams will be required to design and program an autonomous vehicle for a given task: that it can make its way through a maze-like obstacle course in the designated amount of time and with the least amount of human intervention. Each year, there will be a different task with a different theme. Teams will be judged on their engineering design process, vehicle design, and vehicle performance. Teams will apply mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer engineering concepts to create their autonomous vehicles. Teams will also be required to draw upon and further develop their written and verbal communication skills.

    High School Autonomous Vehicle Competition

    Registration for the 2024 High School Autonomous Vehicle Competition is now open! The deadline to apply will be Friday, December 1, 2023.

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    Registration Requirements

    • Teams must be comprised of 4-6 high school (9th-12th grade) students from the same school.
    • Coach must be a teacher or administrator of the school.
    • Only one team per school is allowed to compete.
    • Teams are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.