PEORIA, Ill. — Students at the Pearl Technology/Richwoods Township STEM Academy had the opportunity to learn from, and operate cars of the future.

The program focuses in on autonomous 1/18th- scale cars developed by Amazon Web Services.

The cars- called AWS DeepRacers– learn through rewards and students’ controls.

It’s a platform that only some engineers and developers have had an opportunity to experience.

“In my day we didn’t have these opportunities, but when you see kids that are fifth through eighth grade actually teaching cars how to drive themselves and that their thought process can get wrapped around artificial intelligence, it’s an amazing thing to watch,” said Dave Johnson, President of Pearl Technology.

You can watch the kids race their cars on June 21st at 9 a.m. in the Peoria Heights grade school.

After the program concludes, the students will get to keep the DeepRacers which have not been released to the public yet.