PiE on the Road was a traveling workshop focusing on the hands-on exploration of gears and how they’re utilized. We explored topics such as torque, gear ratios, and designing a car to move as far possible under constraints. Over the course of the Fall semester, we hosted workshops at Pinole Valley High school, Coliseum College Prep Academy, and Hayward High school.
The first in our series of Fall Workshops, Building Bridges with Pioneers in Engineering took place on campus on Saturday, September 24th from 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM in O’Brien Breezeway. Students from all backgrounds and experiences had tool training, learned about prototyping, design, and participated in designing and constructing their own bridge.
PiE hosted its second workshop at UC Berkeley on Saturday, September 29th from 10 AM to 3:00 PM in Soda Hall. At this workshop, students learned about basic programming logic, variables, conditionals and loops, functions, and get a taste of recursion – all in Scratch! All computers were provided.
PREP was PiE’s Fall mentorship program. It spanned from September through the first four weeks of the Spring semester, just prior to competition season. This program aimed to spark underserved high school students’ interest in STEM and to provide them with mentors to nurture this interest further. We achieved this ambitious goal with cool projects like hovercrafts, marshmallow trebuchets, and robotic arms.
In addition to this gentle introduction to STEM, PREP also tried to inspire the students to pursue higher education. We organized a student field trip to the UC Berkeley campus and hosted Q&A sessions with current undergraduates.
In 2015, the participating schools in the PiE PREP Program were Ralph Bunche High School, Middle College High School, and Community Day School in Oakland.
If you are interested in joining PiE in our mission to encourage STEM education and inspire students, look here for information on becoming a mentor for our robotics competition!