Written by PiE Team on Nov 21, 2012
Students with Drive contest.
Thanks to your support, we have won $5,500 in Zipcar credits which will go towards transporting mentors from UC Berkeley to high schools across the Bay Area.
We wish you a happy Thanksgiving, and look forward to seeing all of you in the spring in our 2013 competition!
Written by PiE Team on Nov 16, 2012
Last week, the PiE Prep team and the high school students in Ralph Bunche High School took a break from their weekly STEM activities. Instead of designing paper rockets or building their own speakers, students were taught the basics for applying for college and financial aid. While many college bounded high-schoolers are filling out applications around this time of year, very few students from Ralph Bunch are actually thinking about higher education.
Here are some staggering statistics: The high school drop-out rate for the Oakland Unified School District is about 34.8%, …
Written by PiE Team on Nov 15, 2012
PiE is currently in a contest to win $5,500 worth of Zipcar credits. Some people have been wondering: if we win this competition, how would we use the money?
As you know, PiE is a low-budget, student-run robotics competition based in UC Berkeley for underserved high schools all around the Bay Area. Our goal is for the money to go towards transporting our mentors from Berkeley to the high schools more often than in the past.
We will have about 24 teams this year for our seven week competition. If we get…
Written by PiE Team on Nov 13, 2012
We have some exciting news: Pioneers in Engineering is a finalist in the Zipcar Students with Drive contest! This means that we could win $5,500 in Zipcar hours if we win a Facebook voting competition.
With that many Zipcar hours, we can let our wonderful mentors use Zipcar to get from Berkeley to our high schools easier during the competition season. That means mentors will be able to spend less time commuting, and more time helping students build their robots!
Written by PiE Team on Nov 7, 2012
Halloween: tricks, treats, and…flying pumpkins? This year, the PiE team built a giant trebuchet for Lawrence Hall of Science’s Creepy Happy Halloween event. The finished model had a sixteen foot tall arm to launch 10 lb. pumpkins 200 feet across the lawn!
But it turns out that we’re not the only creative ones: participants showed off their skills in PiE’s supplementary workshop “Build Your Own Catapult,” where they were able to build their mini catapult using legos, spoons, and rubber bands! Participants were also able to try out PiE’s autofiring robot — and try to launch racquetballs into a castle.
The Bay Area News Group captured the launch and the happy kids. Check it out!
Written by PiE Team on Nov 3, 2012
Hi everyone! You may have noticed that our website has a fresh new look. We redesigned the front end of our site from the ground up, featuring a much prettier and modern template and a more intuitive navigation tree. We hope this makes your browsing experience more pleasant and informative.
We are hard at work adding more features and functionality to our site to get it ready for the PiE 2013 season. Please feel free to email email@example.com if you have any questions or suggestions about our site!
-Amy Fu, former Director and current IT member
On March 6th, students, teachers, and PiE staff flooded into the Zoom room that was hosting our annual Kickoff event. Even though the environment this year was completely virtual, the atmosphere of excitement and anticipation remained the same. This year we had the pleasure of hosting our keynote speaker, Nicholas Weaver, who gave a very inspiring talk about the new technological opportunities and challenges that are now available to anyone who is interested in pursuing them. …
There is no doubt that this past year has completely changed the way we live our lives and interact with each other. Overnight, we had to change our normal routines and adjust to having social interactions behind a screen. Unfortunately, this included students and teachers who need personal interaction to have a valuable quality education. We know that low-income, and historically underrepresented students are significantly impacted by the pandemic. Many communities lack essential resources needed to succeed such as books, laptops, and internet connection. …