Computer Science Students Visit Univ. of Iowa Simulator

Students from St. Dominic High School’s Project Lead the Way computer science program visited the University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator.

One highlight included the NADS-1 simulator, a large, egg-shaped container that contains a car body and 18 cameras that offer a 360-degree view of a road and cities, simulating precipitation and other real-life road conditions. Students learned how the simulator is used to study issues including texting and driving and impaired driving. Additionally, auto manufacturers use this simulator to test specific details about their vehicle designs. Students had the opportunity to drive the MiniSim, a smaller driving simulator that recreates various driving conditions.

The group also visited the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering. Students toured classrooms and laboratories, participated in a 3D printer demonstration and discussed current research with graduate students.

St. Dominic High School is in its fourth year of partnership with Project Lead the Way, a national organization for science, technology, engineering and math education. St. Dominic currently offers five Project Lead the Way-certified courses: three in computer science and two in engineering.