Fast and curious – developing future and systems

In collaboration with Oracle using Anki Overdrive cars, students are invited to test themselves to complete a series of individual programming challenges of which they can apply to real world problems. Students need to investigate real world problems and find solutions. They will have the opportunity to take their solutions and collaborate with students from other schools to solve larger real word intricacies.

  • Students gain an understanding of digital connectivity.
  • Using Anki vehicles to explore, investigate and experiment with the Internet of Things and Driverless Vehicles (Unconnected Vs connected cars).
  • Interpreting data to product code to complete challenges.

1/. Theory Component:

Workbook A. Download the Word Document here and you will work through the modified workbook pages ( as a Word document) and email the finished document to: on the last week of term.

Students will also use their understanding to design a Smarter City.

2/. Practical assessments will be based on:

Your group's programming a series of Anki car programming challenges.

See the challenges resource book.


Setup the connected cars.


Create a racetrack based on a Smart City design.

Videos will be taken of your designs.

There will also be a second theory component:

3/. Smarter City design and presentation including data analysis (group or individual).

This will be a Powerpoint slideshow presentation of your research into a Smarter City design. Using a Powerpoint presentation - one slide for each example and information is what is required.

Your Smart City research is to find some more and explain:

Where they are.

What makes them a Smart City Plan.

10 examples (sides), with information and an image would be great!

You will also need a Title Slide as well as your name/s on it.

Also (on slide 2) you will need a slide with your definition of a smart city.

That's a minimum of 12 slides in all.

You may need to look at the videos in class again:
What is a Smart City and Smart Cities Infrastructure & Transport. This will give you ideas.

In Google Images - use the search path Smart Cities to find graphical examples:

You then on each slide explain what makes this a smart city.

Here is an example and there are many more definitions out there:

What is a smart city?

A smart city is a framework, predominantly composed of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), to develop, deploy, and promote sustainable development practices to address growing urbanisation challenges. 

A big part of this ICT framework is essentially an intelligent network of connected objects and machines that transmit data using wireless technology and the cloud. 

Cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) applications receive, analyze, and manage data in real-time to help municipalities, enterprises, and citizens make better decisions that improve quality of life.

Citizens engage with smart city ecosystems in a variety of ways using smartphones and mobile devices, as well as connected cars and homes. Pairing devices and data with a city’s physical infrastructure and services can cut costs and improve sustainability. 

Communities can improve energy distribution, streamline trash collection, decrease traffic congestion, and even improve air quality with help from the IoT. (Internet of Things). 

Here are two further examples of a Smart City: