Google Monitors

Google Monitors

    Today was an exciting day for PiE, as we received five top-of-the-line touchscreen monitors generously donated by Google!  Staff is already hard at work integrating the new hardware into our current plans for spring competition, but we couldn’t resist booting one up and taking some selfies first.

    Initial ideas for the monitors include constructing an interactive terminal for competing teams, allowing judges to easily update scores via touch, supplying a bird’s eye view of the field to competing teams, or creating a kiosk for teams to check scores and statistics.  No matter what the field control team settles ...

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PiE Annual Report and Fall Competition

PiE Annual Report and Fall Competition

We are happy to share with you the recently published 2014-15 PiE Annual Report. Year 7 was a successful year in many respects, with accomplishments including:

- The Prep Program held a successful Mindstorm Maze Programming Challenge with Community Day High School and Ralph Bunche High School.
- The first robotics challenge that involves an actuated field, designed by PiE staff. It includes a rotating turntable and button-activated gates.
- The first Robotics Competition in which PiE offered a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating senior. This was awarded to Pedro Becerra of Community Day School.

With each year, we look forward to ...

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Congratulations to the 2015 PiE Alumni Scholarship Recipients!

Congratulations to the 2015 PiE Alumni Scholarship Recipients!

We’re happy to announce the recipients of the 2015 PiE Alumni Scholarship, including four $100 finalists and the $1500 main award recipient! For the second year, the PiE scholarship committee, a group consisting of PiE staff alumni, selected the scholars from high school student participants in PiE’s 2015 competition. Each scholar was individually recognized during the awards ceremony at the 2015 Robotics Competition.

 

In their applicants, each student provided information on academic achievement, leadership skills, and extracurricular activities. The committee selected the following students as outstanding examples of the many exceptional participants in PiE, and were asked to ...

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PiE 2015 Competition Awards

PiE 2015 Competition Awards

Congratulations Albany and Head Royce, the winners of the 2015 Competition!

It's been quite a semester. We were happy to see a wide variety of strategies this year. The teams thought outside the box, and for the first time, almost every team had some form of autonomous. The basis of the game this year was to take food objects off the rotating center table, then transport these objects to tables on the field - and some of these tables needed to be flipped over by the robot. Students came up with many interesting mechanical designs coupled with good software, and ...

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New Livestreaming Systems!

You might have noticed that PiE has been livestreaming each of our season events this year! That’s correct, we are revamping our production value!

More concretely, we are interested in letting visitors of Youtube Channel and our Twitch.tv stream see how exciting our program is in addition to our live visitors and local community. (they are https://www.youtube.com/pierobotics, and http://www.twitch.tv/pierobotics)


Here is our UC Berkeley campus headquarters livestream setup:

The notable change from last year is our use of new camera technology. Previously we used the Microsoft Lifecam Studio, but had ...

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