Pi Wars – the International Raspberry Pi robotics competition

PI Wars 2020

What is Pi Wars?

When & Where

Event Dates and Location

Pi Wars is an international, challenge-based robotics competition in which teams build Raspberry Pi-controlled robots and then compete in non-destructive autonomous and remote-controlled challenges. Taking place over one weekend, the competition features teams of middle and high school students. The competition takes place in Cambridge, UK and is now coming to San Diego.! Find out more about our 2020 event.

The 2020 competition will take place on April 4 & 5 at the San Diego Supercomputer Center on the UCSD campus. Middle School students compete on the Saturday and High School students compete on the Sunday. Read the rules and find out more here.

2020 Pi Wars UCSD Team Blogs

Pi Wars UCSD teams are encouraged to blog their experience gearing up to competition day! Creating a blog not only gains your team additional points, it also shares your team’s achievements and helps you record your progress!  To view these blogs, please visit our team blog page.


Check Out This Great Raspberry Pi Resource!

Many of you may be having trouble getting the Raspberry Pi set up. Here is a great guide to help! From the makers of the MagPi Official Raspberry Pi Magazine, this Get Starting with Raspberry Pi Free Download is ideal for beginners and contains everything you need to get started with Raspberry Pi.


Raspberry Pi Set Up Instructions

Having trouble getting your Raspberry Pi set up? This document provides detailed instructions to help you! Take a look here!


Are You Ready to Begin Programming?

Python and Linux are the two programs loaded on the Raspberry Pi you get with your order. Here are several resources to help get you familiarized with Python and Linux!

ThinkPython is a great book with all things Python!

This Python interactive website includes a built-in compiler you can test yourself within the website itself!

A Linux tutorial is available here!

Here is the link to freely download Python compiler/interpreter for either Windows or Mac.


Opportunities for More Points and Prizes

There are additional opportunities to gain more points which increase your overall score. These are:

  • Blogging– in which your pre-event exploits are described in words, videos are shot and photographs are taken. For complete details on creating the blog, please follow this link.
  • Technical Merit – in which robot features, build quality and other technical aspects are scored by an expert judge on the day of the competition.
  • Artistic Merit – in which the design of the robot and other aesthetic aspects are scored by an expert judge on the day of the competition.
  • Most Disastrous Robot – in keeping with our theme for this year, the Special Award for the competition goes to the robot that has the design most influenced by disasters. This can be natural, man-made or movie-style disasters, or even a combination of all of these types! It also includes “responses to disaster” such as rescue vehicles and the like.


A Sneak Peek at Pi Wars UCSD Challenges

We would never task you with creating a robot without sharing the Pi Wars UCSD 2020 challenges. Please take a look at the challenges and keep them in mind when creating your robot.

A BIG thank you to Pi Was UK, creator and host of this wonderful comp0etition at theUniversity of Cambridge, for allowing UCSD to host this robotics challenge for the first time in the United States.