NATCAR is an opportunity for underrepresented and underprivileged high school students of all levels to discover the world of electrical engineering and robotics by building an autonomous car.
With our ten-week curriculum, high school students of any background can learn how to build, code, and run their car, picking up hardware and software knowledge as well as practicing the important soft skills necessary in a working environment.
Students will be working with a modified version of the TI Robotics System Learning Kit (TI-RSLK). The TI-RSLK kit provides students with a deeper understanding of how electronic system designs work. Some of the concepts covered include
Electrical engineering concepts such as voltage, current, power and energy
Micro controller interfacing with sensors, actuators and motors
Analog to digital conversion and digital to analog conversion
Software design and testing
With a low start-up cost of $100, NATCAR offers a sensible , economical solution to school that have limited human and financial resources.
We match each team with a UC Davis Undergraduate student for any questions they may have while working on the kit. We hope to offer students a glimpse into the thought processes of real undergraduate engineering students.
A customized 8-10 week flexible curriculum that is focused on circuitry and micro controller programming. It prepares students for college-level coursework, as the kit is used in prestigious schools such as UC Davis, UT Austin, and Georgia Tech.