Start a Team
Applications for the PiE 2014 competition are now closed!
How to Start a Team
- Form a team. In the past, we've had teams as small as 4 and as large as 20. We suggest keeping teams to no more than 12 students so everyone will have a chance to contribute to the robot.
- Find a teacher who is willing to help you (possibly your math/science/computer science teacher). In the past, we've had both very hands-off teachers (who just supervise you as you work in their classroom after school and act as moral support during Final Competition) and more hands-on teachers (who give advice on robot design and teach you concepts). It is up to you how involved you want your teacher to be, but we do need you to have a teacher to sponsor your team.
- Fill out the application. Applications for the PiE 2014 competition are closed, but look for our application for next year!
- Cross your fingers and wait for a response! Since there is a very large interest in PiE, we do not have the resources to support every team who submits an application. Selection is based largely on accessibility (we need to be able to send mentors to your school every week) and the quality of your application (show that you have a very passionate team). Good luck!
In order to be a successful team, you need to be able to fulfill these basic requirements:
- Your team must be able to meet multiple times per week, and at least two hours per week with your mentor. Building robots is no walk in the park, and you will find that it takes much longer than you think to get things working! Our most successful teams often meet 15 hours or more per week.
- Your team must attend Kickoff, Game Day, Design Reviews, Scrimmage, and Final Competition. Dates for these events are listed below.
- You must send weekly updates on your progress. It is important for us to know how you're doing. Plus, good engineers always document their work.
- You must have access to a computer with internet. We send out weekly updates with important information over email. You will also need a computer to be able to program your robot.
For Teachers and Team Leaders
Here are some resources to help you get a team together:
2014 Season Schedule
|Team Applications Open||November 1, 2013|
|Team Applications Due||November 30, 2013|
|Kickoff||March 1, 2014|
|Game Day||March 8, 2014|
|Design Reviews||March 17-21, 2014|
|Scrimmage||April 13, 2014|
|Final Competition||April 26-27, 2014|