Pioneers in Engineering runs and participates in many outreach programs and events throughout the year.
The Pioneers in Engineering Robotics Competition
Our robotics competition is our chief endeavor each year. High school students are placed in a team with about 10 members and assigned 2-4 mentors to assist them. The students have approximately 7 weeks to create, design, and program the robot to accomplish certain tasks (as part of the competition) which will be disclosed during kickoff. The students work on their robot during their own times either in Berkeley or wherever they deem convenient to work. Mentors are there to help the students when they are in need and the PiE staff are here in Berkeley if you need further assistance. Students have a lot of fun building and programming the robot, and they form close friendships with their mentors as well! Learn more about the competition.
Pioneers in Engineering was one of the winners of the UC Berkeley Big Ideas contest in 2012 for its PiE Prep program. This program is a prequel to our Spring robotics competition, designed to pique interest in STEM majors and prepare students for the college application process in the Fall. PiE piloted this program in Fall 2012 at Ralph Bunche High School. Learn more about PiE Prep .
In the Fall, PiE participates in many outreach events in the Bay Area. In the past, we have participated in the annual Bay Area Science Festival, events with the Lawrence Hall of Science, and Mini Maker Faire.