About Us

Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) is a student outreach organization based in UC Berkeley. It was founded in 2008 by members of Tau Beta Pi with the goal of making STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs more accessible to all K-12 students. We believe that no student should be denied a quality STEM education experience.

What We Do

Our main focuses are PiE Prep and an 8-week robotics competition.

In the Fall, PiE Prep visits high schools weekly to teach hands-on STEM lessons that we've developed. Prep inspires students and prepares them for our robotics competition. We also participate in a number of outreach events, such as the Bay Area Science Festival, events with the Lawrence Hall of Science, and Mini Maker Faire. 

 Every Spring, around late February to April,  high school teams from all over the East Bay and San Francisco face off in an experience that we craft. The competition is hosted entirely by UC Berkeley students: we build our own robotics kit for every team, we mentor the teams, we design and build the competition field, and we fundraise more than $30,000 each year to make this all possible.

Read more about our adventures in our newsletter:

Volume 2 Issue 1

Volume 1 Issue 1

Who We Are

PiE is composed entirely of college students, and we have grown tremendously since we were founded in 2008. Below are the numbers:

Year 1: 2008-2009 Year 2: 2009-2010 Year 3: 2010-2011 Year 4: 2011-2012
Schools 6 8 9 20
Teams 8 9 12 20
Students 44 60 102 265
Mentors 18 27 35 90
Active staff 4 10 20 61
Fundraising $8,500 $14,900 $12,600 $32,800

Tau Beta Pi

Tau Beta Pi is the oldest national engineering honor society in the country, and one of the most nationally recognized societies. TBP stresses scholarship, personal character, and service to the profession, community, and college. Pioneers in Engineering was founded by and receives significant support from the UC Berkeley chapter of Tau Beta Pi. However, the program has evolved into its own organization and has attracted the support and participation of many other UC Berkeley organizations.