AWS DeepRacer Student

Learn, practice, and apply machine learning skills in a virtual AI/ML racing league

AWS DeepRacer Student

AWS DeepRacer Student, presented by Intel, lets high school and college-enrolled students around the globe develop their machine learning (ML) skills in a fun, hands-on autonomous racing league. In addition to joining AWS DeepRacer, student developers are provided over 20 hours of ML educational material, opportunities to practice ML in monthly competitions, and a chance to win prizes such as scholarships, devices, and experiences by becoming one of the top racers.

AWS DeepRacer Student builds on the success of the award-winning AWS DeepRacer program, helping remove barriers to a better understanding of ML for aspiring student developers.

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A fun way to learn machine learning

Jumpstart your AI/ML education with access to over 20 hours of foundational learning material—for free.


Community and competition

Join students from around the globe to showcase your skills and compete in a monthly virtual racing league.


Win prizes

Win the AWS DeepRacer Student League and take home a $5,000 scholarship grand prize—plus a trip to AWS re:Invent to compete in the DeepRacer League global championships at AWS re:Invent 2022.

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Getting started

Step 1: Sign up for AWS DeepRacer Student

On your marks

Go to AWS DeepRacer Student and create your account.

Step 2: Track your progress

Get set

If you self-identify as underserved or underrepresented in technology, opt into the AWS AI/ML Scholarship program to track your progress towards earning one of 2,000 scholarships annually.

Step 3: Submit your application

Go (hands-on)

Learn, practice, and compete for prizes and glory in the AWS DeepRacer Student League Presented by Intel.

The fastest way to learn ML, literally

Start learning ML for free

Being a student is expensive. You need tuition, books, and, of course, pizza money. That’s why AWS DeepRacer Student is a free service for students to learn ML through easy-to-understand, self-paced modules.

Get hands-on experience

AWS DeepRacer lets you train reinforcement learning (RL) models and test them in a virtual autonomous car racing league for scholarships, prizes, and glory.

Win prizes and glory

As you climb the leaderboard by submitting your custom RL model, you can win prizes like exclusive DeepRacer swag, an AWS DeepRacer device, scholarships, and even a trip to Las Vegas!

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How it works


Access more than 20 hours of foundational AI/ML content developed by AWS experts. Students with no prior ML experience can learn the fundamentals with easy-to-understand, self-paced content to take you from first-time developer to the top of the AWS DeepRacer leaderboard.


For the first time, AWS DeepRacer is available for free to students, providing 10 hours of monthly training and 5 GB of model storage. Students can train a RL model in a simulated 3D racing environment using the AWS DeepRacer service. The 10 free training hours per month are applied to the environment exploration time the model spends optimizing performance around the virtual track, using a reward function that students develop. As your RL model learns it will get better track times, and you’ll improve your lap times in the AWS DeepRacer Student League.


Once you’ve trained an RL model in the virtual 3D simulation environment, submit your model to the pre-season race. Starting March 1, 2022, you can train and improve your model and submit your time to climb the leaderboard and win scholarships, prizes, and glory in the AWS DeepRacer Student League. One unique aspect of the AWS DeepRacer Student League is that all users are limited to the same 10 hours of monthly service usage, and only AWS DeepRacer–trained models can participate. This ensures that all students have access to the same model training resources, and must strategically use their monthly allotment to top the leaderboard.

AWS DeepRacer Student League dates

DeepRacer Student League pre-season

Hone your skills with 30 hours of free model training and 20 hours of introductory learning modules during the pre-season race.

Starts 12/1/2021

DeepRacer Student League

Take your skills to the track and compete monthly for prizes in the 2022 League.

Starts 3/1/2022

Frequently asked questions

  • General program information

    Q: When does the AWS DeepRacer Student League begin?

    December 1, 2021 begins a three-month AWS DeepRacer Student League pre-season. During the pre-season, students get early access to over 20 hours of free artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) foundational education content, and access to AWS DeepRacer Student. Students learn how to teach their car to drive around the track in preparation for the official AWS DeepRacer Student League season, kicking off on March 1, 2022. Competitions run monthly within AWS DeepRacer Student until September 30, 2022. The top participants in each monthly race will qualify for the Global AWS DeepRacer Student League Championships in October, 2022.

    Q: Where can I find the official AWS DeepRacer Student League rules?

    Official rules for the AWS DeepRacer Student League will be posted to prior to the start of the 2022 league season on March 1, 2022.

    Q: What important program dates should I be aware of?

    Event Name Start Date End Date
    Launch Announcement 12/1/2021 -
    Pre-season competition 12/1/2021 2/28/2022
    DeepRacer Student League 3/1/2022 9/30/2022
    DeepRacer Student League Finale 9/30/2022 10/31/2022

    Q: Which geographic regions is AWS DeepRacer available in?

    AWS Customers can access the AWS DeepRacer simulator from the US East (N. Virginia) Region.

    Q: Are there any costs associated with participating in the AWS DeepRacer Student service or the AWS DeepRacer Student League?

    No, the AWS DeepRacer Student is free for students to learn, train, and participate in the AWS DeepRacer Student League.


  • Program eligibility

    Q: Who can participate in the AWS DeepRacer Student League?

    Any student over the age of 16 and currently enrolled in high school or undergraduate higher education at an accredited institution globally may apply, subject to terms and conditions.