Utah Regional

March 22, 2016 in Competition, FRC, Slideshow by Reagan Spexarth

At our week 3 competition, the Utah Regional, Texas Torque competed in a series of thrilling, fast-paced matches that resulted in our position as captain of the sixth-seeded alliance. We partnered with team 3374, the RoboBroncs, and team 5933, JudgeMent Call, and were regional finalists. Additionally, we took home our first-ever Entrepreneurship Award.25922300792_c6c2d451d6_z

The reliable performances of all three robots on our alliance helped us advance to the semifinals, and then to the finals themselves. In the two finals matches we played, we faced the first-seeded alliance, which consisted of team 4334, Alberta Tech Alliance; team 3166, First Year Ravens; and team 2468, Team Appreciate. Team Appreciate, the alliance captain and a fellow Texas team at the Utah Regional, also received the Utah Regional Chairman’s Award. We congratulate our friends at 2468 for this prestigious achievement and look forward to seeing them again at the World Championships in April.

Congratulations to Team Appreciate, Alberta Tech Alliance, and First Year Ravens for their regional win. We can’t wait to see you in St. Louis next month and wish you the best of luck in upcoming competitions!

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Our next competition is the Lone Star Regional, a week 6 competition taking place from April 6 to April 9 in downtown Houston. We look forward to meeting you on the battlefield, whether at Lone Star or World Championships!

Alamo Regional

March 14, 2016 in Competition, FRC, Slideshow by Reagan Spexarth

This past weekend our team had a fantastic first competition at the Alamo Regional. Our team was extremely thrilled and honored to win the Alamo Regional Chairman’s Award and our first ever Industrial Safety Award!

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Our robot, Impulse, performed consistently well and we moved onto elimination matches as the 5th alliance captain. We had a terrific time competing alongside ausTIN CANs team 2158, and RoboWarriors team 2583, during the quarterfinal matches. Also, a huge thanks to Brooks Academy Robotics team 5754, for subbing us during the semifinals when our drive train broke down.

Congratulations to teams Robowranglers team 148, High Voltage team 231, and STEM ECHS team 5726 for winning the regional!

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We look forward to seeing teams out on the battlefield at the Utah Regional this upcoming weekend!

Something Special and NASA

March 8, 2016 in FRC, Slideshow by Charles Wallis

This past Saturday, members of Texas Torque met at Something Special, a charity shop run by our local women’s shelter, to commemorate our continued partnership. After a group picture, we headed to the Robonauts’ lab at the Johnson Space Center to practice with other teams and make any necessary modifications to our robot.

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Members of Texas Torque, the Robonauts, Spectrum, CRyptonite, and the AwtyBots met at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to prepare for upcoming competitions. All team members worked together to simulate matches, watch broadcasts of live matches, and prepare for competition. Many of us gained useful experience through these endeavors, and some of Texas Torque’s newer members had the chance to befriend members of other teams. We were able to make some useful additions to our robot and get valuable practice time on a full competition field with other robots.

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We are very thankful for all the time and effort our fellow Houston area FRC teams put forth in coming together to practice, as well as 118 in particular for the Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition they displayed in inviting us over and allowing us to use their home field. We can’t wait to meet you on the battlefield, whether at Alamo, Utah, Lone Star, or beyond!