PiE 2014 Scholarship Extended!

We have extended the deadline for the inaugural PiE Alumni Scholarship to 5p PST on Friday, April 18.  

We have made the transcript and teacher recommendation optional, but recommended, in light of time concerns. If you have already turned in a transcript or a teacher recommendation, we will take them into consideration during the review process. We anticipate that this will strengthen your application.

It’s not too late to start the application! We strongly encourage every senior to apply since we are drawing from a limited pool of applicants. All those that apply have very good odds of receiving ...

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Why the 2014 Robotics Competition Almost Didn’t Happen

Why the 2014 Robotics Competition Almost Didn’t Happen

PiE Robotics Competition Kickoff is always an exciting event, and this year was no exception.  Teams met their mentors, received their Robotics Kits, and many were able to finish the day having achieved their goal of constructing a driving base robot!

However, just three weeks before, the 2014 Robotics Competition was in danger of cancellation.

It was then when we learned that the Fez Panda II, an irreplaceable component of our Robotics Kit, was being retired by all suppliers.  Sparkfun Electronics, a longtime supporter of PiE without whom our competition could not have happened this year, was unable to supply ...

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Pioneers in Engineering is proud to announce its inaugural PiE Alumni Scholarship!

Pioneers in Engineering is proud to announce its inaugural PiE Alumni Scholarship!

PiE has grown in various ways over the last six years. We have expanded our season by a week, doubled the length of our Final Competition, nearly tripled our staff roster, and extended our reach into San Francisco. Another important sign of our growth is the increasing number of PiE alumni now in academia and industry.

Last October, Vanathi Ganesh (Class of ‘13 EECS), a former PiE DeCal instructor, conceived the idea of reaching out to Tau Beta Pi and PiE staff alumni to create an annual scholarship for PiE students moving on to post-secondary education. The idea has come ...

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Prep End Marks the Beginning of the Robotics Competition Season

Prep End Marks the Beginning of the Robotics Competition Season

Last Friday, March 3, 2014, the PiE Prep Season came to a successful close.  In the 2013-2014 season, PiE Prep staff and mentors carried out 16 project based STEM lessons and activities with students at Ralph Bunche High School in Oakland and at Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC) in Alameda.  

Over the course of these lessons, students explored electricity and magnetism, mechanical design, principles of computational thinking via Blockly, and programming sensors via the Lego Mindstorms kits.  In these past four weeks, students at Ralph Bunche were working with the Blockly programming lessons.  Meanwhile, students at ACLC worked on a ...

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PiE Does Hour of Code

PiE Does Hour of Code

After volunteering at Joaquin Miller Elementary School this past Wednesday, PiE had a day full of Hour of Code in honor of CS Education Week.

Early in the morning on Friday, PiE members visited Oakland Technical High School to participate in their CS ED Week assembly.  As a part of the assembly, there were representatives from the Oakland School District, Level Playing Field, UC Berkeley, Computer Science Teachers’ Assosiation, as well as Ali Partovi, co-founder of code.org and one of the primary organizers of the Hour of Code.  Partovi made a brief presentation, during which he spoke about his ...

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