The RAC Imagine Program™ provides an opportunity for young Western Australians (Year 5 and 6 students) to discover past and future technologies, and learn about the changing nature of transport, mobility and road safety, whilst addressing aspects of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) and HASS subjects (Humanities and Social Sciences).
In collaboration with the City of South Perth, the Imagine Program™ will:
- Help students see and experience both past and future technologies;
- Educate students about AV technology; and
- Discuss next steps for a safer, more sustainable and better-connected communities
During the excursion, students will participate in six planned activities including a ride on the RAC Intellibus®, a tour of the Old Mill, exploring AV technology and the future of transport, understanding the connection between coding and road safety, watch the RAC Rescue helicopters in action, and be hands-on by creating a recycled sculpture to improve the future of mobility.
Activity 1: RAC Intellibus® Ride
Students will experience Australia’s very first Automated Vehicle trial and head off on a 3.5 km journey starting at the Old Mill. The RAC Intellibus® will travel along the South Perth Esplanade, where students will observe how the vehicle interacts with road users.
Activity 2: Old Mill and Millers Pool Tour by City of South Perth
Students will take a guided tour of Kareenup and Goorgygoorgup (Mill Point and Millers Pool), and learn about the thousands of years of Noongar use of this iconic site.
The transport of the past is visible and tangible from the edge of the Pool, with views of the Narrows Bridge, spur channel and ferry crossing across the Swan. Students will reflect on the evolving nature of transport technology, and how methods of travel create cities, countries and lives.
Activity 3: AV Technology and the Future of Transport
Students will learn about the technology the RAC Intellibus® uses; LiDARs, Cameras, GPS bases, radio connectors and more, and will discuss how these are essential for AV operation.
Activity 4: Coding and Road Safety
Students will use the Edison robot, which will teach computational thinking and computer programming in a hands-on way. Features of the Edison play an important role in the understanding of AV technology and coding components.
Activity 5: RAC Rescue Experience
Students will use the virtual reality headsets to experience a RAC Rescue Experience in action and attending a car accident. Students will understand the benefits of the RAC Rescue helicopter, and how the initiative supports RAC's road safety advocacy program.
Activity 6: "Imagine the possibilities"
Students will consider the future of mobility and transport and reflect on the technologies observed throughout the day by creating their own recycled sculpture aligned to safe, sustainable and connect communities.
The RAC Imagine Program™ is supported by the City of South Perth.
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RAC Imagine Program Terms & Conditions (PDF 165KB)