MIT Beaver Works is seeking student teaching assistants to contribute to the Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI) fall 2021 BWSI-Pacific Autonomous mini-RACECAR Crash Course outreach program. BWSI is a world class educational outreach program that challenges high school students across the country to develop robust unmanned systems using state-of-the-art autonomy algorithms and sensors. For more information on BWSI program visit:
The BWSI-Pacific Autonomous mini-RACECAR Crash Course program will run virtually over zoom for 8 Saturdays from mid-October to mid-December 2021. The program’s target student audience is 11th grade American high school female students living throughout the Pacific region as dependents of active duty US military personnel or residents of US territories. Program participants will be located in Japan, South Korea, Guam, Kwajalein (Republic of Marshall Islands), Alaska, Hawaii, and potentially west coast of the continental United States.
TAs will spend two weeks preparing and eight weeks co-instructing the course alongside the lead instructor. The total time commitment for TAs is 5 hours per week for 10 weeks, split into 2 hours of prep time and 3 hours of live instruction per week during the 8 weeks of the course and 5 hours per week for 2 weeks before the program start.
As part of the program, students will install the RACECAR simulation environment and learn to program the car to drive autonomously. For more information about the Autonomous mini-RACECAR program visit:
Tasks for BWSI-Pacific Autonomous mini-RACECAR Crash Course program TAs include the following:
• Teaching introductory coding concepts to novice programmers
• Exploring introductory computer vision concepts
• Assisting with remote student computer / code troubleshooting
• Current undergraduate students in technical STEM field (e.g. engineering, physics, astronomy, mathematics, or other technical field)
• Interest in autonomous systems, course development and educational instruction
• Demonstrated excellence in communication skills and the ability to convey technical concepts in a concise manner to a wide spectrum of audiences
The program participants straddle the International Date Line and official program time is referenced to Hawaii time zone. The program will be on the following Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm HST and will be held virtually over zoom: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20 and December 4 and 11, 2021.
• Experience programming in Python
• Familiarity with ROS programming languages
• Familiarity with Windows, MacOS and Linux operating systems
• Exposure to image processing fundamentals and OpenCV