Longmont High, Innovation Center hosts AI competition – Longmont Times-Call

Grayson Hubble was one of the first team to develop a three – year plan for St Wine Valley to launch an Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity program at the District Innovation Center three years ago.

Hubble, now a senior and student designer at the Innovation Center in Longmont High, is hosting an event on Saturday to introduce high school students to Artificial Intelligence Technology and Machine Learning.

A 1/18 scale RC car controlled Artificial Intelligence revolves around the practice track at Longmont High School on Friday. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

Co-hosted by Longmont High and Innovation Center Depressor Invitational, Saturday 9am to 3pm at Longmont High, 1040 Sunset St.

“We want to show students this AI process in a fun, competitive, engaging way,” Hubble said.

To prepare, students attended a boot camp two weeks ago to learn how to incorporate artificial intelligence and reinforcement learning techniques into the 1/18 scale race car produced by Amazon Web Service, also known as the Deeprocer.

At Saturday’s event, 16 students working as a couple “train” the car to build an AI model on a virtual race track circuit. The model is then loaded into a deeper car and raced on two physical race tracks.

Booths from the St. Wine Future-Ready Innovation Lab and industry partners will also be at the event.

Hubble said the inaugural event aims to be the first for many. The Longmont High16 depressor serves as a “garage” for cars, modified with additional software that can lend to other schools to host their own events.

“The highest goal really is AI education,” he said. “AI is a giant expanding industry. This is a future that is already starting to happen.

He described the process of designing an AI model to train a dog using treats as a positive reinforcement.

“It’s not different from traditional programming,” he said. “But you are not doing trial and error, you are doing car trial and error. Using your model, you learned to follow the center line and stay between the white lines while it was on track.

Senior Grayson Hubble talks about the Depressor Program at Longmont High School on Friday. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

Leroy Vanderwegt, a Longmont High computer science teacher, began incorporating artificial intelligence into his classes. He is also adding an autonomous lab to the technology field and teaching an AI class in the fall.

Incoming students, after taking technology classes in their middle schools, started asking, “What can we do with this knowledge?” He \ he said.

He said there is a demand in the job market for graduates who can work with AI technology. In addition, learning about technology through projects such as race cars gives students a “real experience”.

“This is what they were able to achieve,” he said.

He encouraged students to take part in the event on Saturday, introducing technology that they can use for future projects.

Sophomore Eric Swanson said he was inspired to get involved with Vanderweigt’s idea for an autonomous golf cart as a senior project. He said a simple race car is a good way to learn the technology before solving more complex projects.

Additionally, he joked, “When they wake up, you want to be someone who knows what they’re doing.”

Sophomore Sophia Ormesby says she loves problem solving in computer science and wants to know more about AI.

“It’s interesting because what we think of as AI in movies is not how it works,” she says. “It simply came to our notice then. It is a slow learning program.

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