Become a Mentor

Become a Mentor

If you are a UC Berkeley or SFSU student, you can be a great PiE mentor! Mentors are required to take our DeCal (2 units, P/NP) and mentor their teams for at least two hours per week. Mentors are needed for both the Prep season, during the Fall, and the Robotics Competition, during the Spring.

Who is a Mentor?

A Pioneers in Engineering mentor for the Prep program helps to engage students in the STEM modules, while teaching them and answering any questions regarding the weeks material. A mentor for the Robotics Competition guides a team of local high school students through the design and build process of a robot that will compete in an eight-week long, exciting competition season. Our mentors are mostly UC Berkeley students, but we also have mentors from the City College of SF and other volunteers in the community.

Why Mentor for PiE

  1. Opportunity to learn more about robotics, mechanical design, and electrical design
  2. Gain first-hand experience in teaching and hands-on engineering
  3. Inspire high school students to pursue science and technical fields in higher education
  4. Make an impact on the local community
  5. Earn units in our DeCal Classes - Fall and/or Spring.

What Mentors Say

"I learned loads about robot design and . . . general engineering principles that I wouldn't have otherwise." Christian Pedersen, 1st year, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
"The smiles on my students' faces and their desire to participate next year made my PiE experience fulfilling." Albert Lu, 1st year, Bioengineering
"Mentoring for PiE is the perfect opportunity to gain teaching experience . . . and apply what I learned in my engineering classes at Cal." Jessica Miller, 2nd year, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science