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