UCSD Pi Wars Robotics Challenge

Pi Wars Launch its Third Official Year in Summer 2024!

Team Sign-Ups Open February 15, 2024.
Competition will take place on Friday of the week long summer workshop.

What is Pi Wars?

Pi Wars is an international, challenge-based robotics competition in which middle and high school teams build Raspberry Pi-controlled robots and then compete in various non-destructive challenges to earn points. The competition takes place over one week, in summer 2024. Prizes and medals are awarded to competitors at the end of the competition day.

Pi Wars, the Raspberry Pi Robotics Challenge Competition, is an intensive one week long program hosted at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, on the UCSD campus. In 2019, UCSD began hosting the inaugural Pi Wars UCSD pilot program, the first of its kind in the United States.

Now, we are ready to launch our third official year! Making a big change, we have consolidated the program from a five month long adventure to a summer one week program. Please join us!

To learn more about the original Pi Wars competition in the United Kingdom, please visit their website.


The diverse offering of challenges accommodates a large variety of robots built with all different skills and for various applications. Both autonomous (Raspberry-Pi controlled without interference from the operator) and remote-controlled robots are invited to take on challenges. These challenges can vary from hitting targets to navigating an obstacle course to defusing mines, and more!

Meet our High School Mentors!

Poway High School

San Dieguito Academy

Torrey Pines High School

Westview High School

Finding the Information You Need

Who Can Compete?

Pi Wars UCSD is open to middle and high school students in San Diego county. Teams may be comprised of 2-4 students. Solo teams of one student are given the opportunity to select their teammates during the first day of the summer workshop.

Links and Resources

UCSD Team Mentors and Advisory Board

UCSD High School Robotics Teams Partnering with Pi Wars UCSD

These outstanding high school robotics teams are coming together for one very important reason – YOU and YOUR TEAM! These teams will provide guidance and mentoring to you as you build your robot through an active discussion forum and Saturday morning help sessions.

Receive advice and hands-on assistance in addition to answers to questions about motors, sensors, Python programming and everything in between!l

Guidance and Answers at Your Fingertips

Ange Mason of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (amason@ucsd.edu, 858 534-5064) is available to provide guidance and answer any questions you might have. Just ask!