September 23rd: AV Education Meets The Public At Museums
Guests: Lucinda Yuen of Ford Motor Company and Rebecca Posner of CCAV
The complexity of automated driving technology and its potential impacts on society make it a difficult subject to teach to more general audiences, particularly the younger people whose lives may be the most changed by it. Creating public education exhibits that cast light on this important topic present particular challenges. What do you focus on? How do you communicate such a complex topic in an approachable way? And possibly most important, how do you make the topic engaging to as many people as possible? Our guests in this week’s have tackled all these questions and more, and join us to share their experience in our latest virtual discussion. Lucinda Yuen of Ford Motor Company’s global product development strategy and planning department helped develop an exhibit at the Michigan Science Center aimed at introducing kids to automated vehicle technology. Rebecca Posner, Social and Behavioral Research and Evaluation Lead at CCAV in the UK worked on an exhibit called Driverless: Who is in control? at London’s Science Museum, exploring the evolution of autonomous vehicles on air, land and sea. Together, we will explore their unique insights into making AVs a more approachable topic for everyone.
As you can see, our back to school series of weekly virtual discussions bring a diverse blend of perspectives, practices and inspiration that will provide vital support for current or prospective AV educators. In addition to these live discussions and the recordings that will be available for later viewing in our Youtube library, we will also be providing supplemental educational resources for students and teachers throughout the month of September. Developed in some cases by our guests themselves, these materials will provide further insight into educational issues discussed in our weekly talks, innovative teaching techniques, and curated reading materials.
If you are an educator and our back to school programming inspires you to make AVs a part of your lesson plan, please don’t hesitate to reach out to PAVE staff via our online contact form. We will do our best to help connect you with further resources, experts, advisors, and any other support we can provide. We care deeply about our educational mission, and we deeply appreciate any effort to join in this important task.
Automated vehicles are not just a compelling way to educate curious minds about countless diverse disciplines, including technology, economics, law, politics, sociology and much more. Studying AVs and how they interact with our complex modern society also empowers people of all ages and backgrounds to help shape the autonomous future through their own research, analysis and advocacy. By bringing more diverse perspectives into the public conversation around this pivotal emerging technology, we improve our collective ability to foresee challenges ahead and distribute the benefits of driving automation as broadly and equitably as possible.
Thank you for joining us in this critically important and endlessly fascinating endeavor.