2016 CAAT Summer Enrichment Camp

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The purpose of this camp is to promote awareness of students in “self-driving cars” to spark their interest in a STEM career and improve creativity, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.


Jackson State University (JSU) hosted a one-week "2016 CAAT Summer Enrichment Camp " for twelve junior and middles school students from May 31 - June 3, 2016, at the JSU Department of Industrial Systems and Technology (IST), J Y Woodard building.

The purpose of this four (4) days summer enrichment camp at Jackson State University, sponsored by the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology , Macomb Community College (MCC) is to increase the awareness of the rising 4th - 7th grade students in the advancement in automotive technology - "self-driving cars" with the hope that it will spark their interest about pursuing a STEM career and as well improve their creativity, analytical, problem-solving and interpersonal skills.

A demonstration of a moving robot was shown to students to study and play with. As well the students learned that the programmable brick in the Mindstorm EV3 Education Set is an actual computer. Students were able to program the brick. They also connected motors and sensors to the brick to see how things work. Students also used computer software to develop a program, downloaded it to the robot, and test the program. Students were successful at programming the robot to run and to avoid obstacles. More importantly, students had learned about the Toyota Green Initiative and they had visited a going green car display. This opportunity gave them the exposure to EVs, Hybrids, and how EVs are charged for the supply of electricity as a power source for a vehicle.

Further, participants:

  • Explored the state-of-the-art advanced automotive technology including electric-drive vehicles, automated and connected vehicles
  • Learned about NHTSA's five levels of automation
  • Discussed the emerging technologies, challenges, and development closely with professionals, and
  • Participated in Robotics competition.

The program ended with student presentation of their design and mapping projects, and an end of program survey.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1400593.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Connected and Automated Vehicles
Product Lifecycle:
Pre-production: Research, Design, Development, Testing, and Tooling
Resource Type:
Case Study
Classroom Activity
Lab Activity
Jackson State University
Author & Title:
Dr. James A. Ejiwale, Professor
Date Developed:
Monday, August 15, 2016
Automotive technology,autonomous vehicle,STEM,creativity,analytical
Education Level:
Elementary School (1-5)
Middle School (6-8)
General Public