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NIWC Atlantic Supports Coca Cola 600 STEM Expo

Ladies and gentleman, start your engines! NIWC Atlantic's STEM team waved the green flag on an exciting summer of learning with a kick-off event Memorial Day weekend at the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. STEM volunteers assisted nearly 400 kids in constructing balloon-powered racecars as part of the Speed Street STEAM Expo. Interested students also took their interaction a mile further with the AWS DeepRacer technology by programming remote control cars to learn a race course.

"Using AWS DeepRacer, we've created a highway that leads directly from machine learning curiosity to competency," said Robert Keisler, NIWC Atlantic Data Science & Analytics SSTM. "It's a tool that turns the theory of artificial intelligence (AI) into an engaging, hands-on experience, accessible to all skill levels. It's not just a training ground for our workforce, but a launching pad for anyone interested in STEM."

The U.S. Navy's support for the event was a collaborative effort between the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Naval STEM Coordination Office (NSCO) and the Chief of Information and the Office of Information (CHINFO) Community Outreach. This first-time opportunity was staffed by STEM volunteers from NAVWAR NIWC Atlantic, along with NAVAIR FRC East and NAVSEA NSWC Philadelphia.


NIWC Atlantic Supports Coca Cola 600 STEAM Expo
Ladies and gentleman, start your engines! NIWC Atlantic's STEM team waved the green flag on an exciting summer of learning with a kick-off event Memorial Day weekend at the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina. STEM volunteers assisted nearly 400 kids in constructing balloon-powered racecars as part of the Speed Street STEAM Expo. Interested students also took their interaction a mile further with the AWS DeepRacer technology by programming remote control cars to learn a race course.

"Using AWS DeepRacer, we've created a highway that leads directly from machine learning curiosity to competency," said Robert Keisler, NIWC Atlantic Data Science & Analytics SSTM. "It's a tool that turns the theory of artificial intelligence (AI) into an engaging, hands-on experience, accessible to all skill levels. It's not just a training ground for our workforce, but a launching pad for anyone interested in STEM."

The U.S. Navy's support for the event was a collaborative effort between the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Naval STEM Coordination Office (NSCO) and the Chief of Information and the Office of Information (CHINFO) Community Outreach. This first-time opportunity was staffed by STEM volunteers from NAVWAR NIWC Atlantic, along with NAVAIR FRC East and NAVSEA NSWC Philadelphia.

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