2017 Indiana Robotics Invitational

July 17, 2017 in Outreach by Charles Wallis

From July 14th to the 15th, Texas Torque competed in the Indiana Robotics Invitational, an off-season “All-Star” event held in Indianapolis, IN. We were thrilled to have participated as one of the top 68 teams competing from all across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.Texas Torque is grateful for the opportunity to travel together with 3847 team Spectrum to Indianapolis.

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Qualification rounds began on Friday, in which Texas Torque competed in nine matches. During the qualifications Texas Torque suffered some issues including gear intake breaking and autonomous modes not successfully working. Unfortunately, we did not perform in the elimination rounds due to other well performed robots on the field. Texas Torque members were still excited about world’s top class robots all in one place competing at the IRI.

Texas Torque is grateful for the opportunity to compete against some of the best teams in the FIRST Robotics Competition, as well as to have had such a great learning opportunity to prepare the team for the upcoming build season. We would like to thank teams 45 TechnoKats, 234 Cyber Blue, and 1024 Kil-A-Bytes for hosting such the event, as well as Indiana FIRST for organizing and streaming the competition. We would also like to congratulate teams 1619, 195, 2590, and 1710 for winning this years IRI competition, with a special shout out to the third member of the winning alliance, 1625, whom we had the pleasure of partnering with earlier this year.

Fourth of July Parade

July 8, 2017 in Outreach by Charles Wallis

This past Tuesday, Texas Torque took part in The Woodlands Township’s annual Fourth of July Parade!

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The team’s float was , once again, a sight to remember.  The audience saw the Texas Torque 2017 robot, Corliss, shoot fuels to several members of the team, which drew the attention and admiration of children and adults alike. Stickers, info cards, and trading cards were shared to the excited community as our team spread the innovation and message of FIRST Robotics. The Woodland’s community admired Corliss and the many accomplishments of the team. They also were able to see the teamwork of the high school robotics team in action.

 

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It was an exceptional experience to participate in the parade, and we hope to march again in the future!

2017 Texas Robotics Invitational

July 2, 2017 in Outreach by Charles Wallis

From June 30 to July 1, Texas Torque had an awesome time competing at TRI. The robot did not have many changes since the Texas UIL State Championships, but it was a great chance for the team to test out new drive teams and positions. During qualification matches, we had some comm problems, resulting the team a low RP for the event.

The team was invited by 6377 Howdy bots, 3847 Spectrum, then we invited team 5986 Iron Fangs to complete the 5th alliance. We were glad to join back with spectrum, making it a Sporque alliance. (Thanks to 3847! They were giving our sporks at the event too).

Many Thanks to team 3847 Spectrum for hosting this amazing event, and congratulations to team 118, 3735, 4587, and 441 for winning at this event!