Amazon’s DeepRacer League trains Chicago students in the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning

CHICAGO (WLS) — On Saturday, students on Chicago’s South Side immersed themselves in the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

“We use machines and learn to code a car and then drive it,” said student Trevaughn Scott.

Amazon Web Service’s Deep Racer League has partnered with Chicago Collegiate Middle School to put the experience first for students.

Students train and code a virtual car model, then upload it to this physical version that races on a track.

“They’re learning that AI isn’t perfect,” said Kendall Hudson, senior program manager. “It’s not like in the movies, he has to learn how to do something and once he gets it he navigates the track.”

Exposure is essential for these students. While some are just beginning to learn about technology, other students are discovering their true passion.

“It’s exposure to different careers that they otherwise wouldn’t have heard of other than reading about it in a book. So it’s an incredible, wonderful opportunity,” said Chicago Collegiate Middle School Principal Robins Johnson.

Students with the fastest models also have a chance to win scholarships to help them pursue future careers in AI and ML.

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