About Us

About Us

Pioneers in Engineering (PiE) promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education through an exciting, mentorship-based process. PiE is a student outreach organization based in UC Berkeley and was founded in 2008 by members of Tau Beta Pi led by Xiao-Yu Fu. We strongly believe that no student should be denied a quality STEM education experience.

Our Robotics Competitions


In the fall, PiE hosts a reboot of our competition from the previous spring. Students have the chance to hone and refine their ideas from the earlier competition, using the robots that they've already built. The competition also includes design challenges that emphasize various aspects of robotics. 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 high school teams from all over the East Bay and San Francisco face off in a challenging, exciting, and educational robotics experience crafted by PiE. The competition runs from late February to April and 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.

Annual Reports

For more information about the participants of our past season, take look at our annual reports.

Title Date posted Download
Annual Report 2015 October 11, 2015 PDF
Annual Report 2014 PDF
Annual Report 2012 PDF
Annual Report 2011 August 23, 2011 PDF

PiE Annual Data

Year Participants Schools Mentors
2009 44 6 18
2010 60 8 27
2011 102 9 35
2012 265 20 90
2013 260 24 107
2014 276 20 86
2015 350 24 76

Quick Facts on PiE's RC Participants (in 2016)

Annual Household Income

Family Income Total Percent
below $10,000 14 5%
$10,000 - $30,000 46 17%
$30,000 - $50,000 68 25%
$50,000 - $70,000 45 16%
$70,000 - $90,000 26 9%
$90,000+ 78 28%

47% of our participants live below the US median wage of $51,939 (US Census Bureau).

Some of our participants live below the US household* poverty line of $20,090 (US Dept. of Health and Human Services).

*household of 3 members

Gender Demographics

Gender Total Percent
Male 187 68%
Female 88 32%

1 in 3 of PiE's RC participants are female. This is doing better than most colleges in participation of females in robotics or computer science.

(Data: National Girls Collaborative Project)