2019 FIT District Del Rio

March 29, 2019 in Competition, FRC, Slideshow by Texas Torque

Texas Torque participated in the Week 4 District Del Rio Competition this past weekend alongside nearly 40 other teams. After a great series of qualification matches, the team finished Saturday night at Rank 1 excited for the day to come. On Sunday, despite multiple technical problems, the team finished the rest of the qualification matches with a record of a 10-2-0 (wins-ties-losses) and earned 22 Qualification Points. Torque’s final alliance partnered them with close-by Team 5892 Energy HEROs from Houston, Texas and Team 5894 J.E.H.S. Cyber Jags from Edinburg, Texas.

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Elimination matches were tough but the team was able to make it to the semifinals with our great alliance members. Congratulations to the winners; Team 7521 Ultimate Robotics,  Team 7088 Robodogs, and finally alliance captain Team 6377 Howdy Bots!

While disappointed by the robot’s results, the team was able to end the competition on a high note since we won the Chairman’s Award! This has continued our four year Chairman’s winning streak! Be sure to check out our chairman’s video below:

The Del Rio Recap video can be seen below:

The team will be competing in the First in Texas State Competition in two weeks and are excited for what we will accomplish there! Keep up with our TwitterInstagramFacebook, or The Blue Alliance for updates on our progress.

2019 FIT District Channelview

March 19, 2019 in Competition, FRC, Slideshow by Texas Torque

Last weekend, students, mentors, and parents of Texas Torque traveled to Channelview, Texas to compete for our first competition of the season. Ray, the 2019 robot, competed in 10 qualification matches and ended in rank 13.  Texas Torque joined the alliance captain team 5261 Cyber Shock and Team 7494 Circuit Bizurkers to compete in the elimination rounds as the fourth seed alliance. The teams advanced to the finals and ended with a 9-9-1 record. Although there were some problems with the robot, overall Texas Torque performed very well. Congratulations to Team 624 Cryptonite, Team 3834 Crab-bots, and alliance captain Team 5892 Energy HEROs for winning the district championship.

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Torque was also very proud to be awarded with the Safety Award- sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories as well as safety captain Victoria Tatman for being awarded “Safety Star of the Day” by Underwriters Laboratories.  Additionally, for the second year in a row, the team won Engineering Inspiration Award for our outreach efforts.

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Check out our Channelview Recap video!

 To keep up with the District Del Rio Event that we are competing at this weekend, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, or The Blue Alliance for updates on our progress.

2018 FIRST Houston World Championship

April 24, 2018 in Competition, FRC, Slideshow by Scott Rippetoe

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Texas Torque’s last official event of the 2018 season was the Houston World Championship (our 8th consecutive World Championship) after triple qualifying at Lone Star Central (Regional Winners, Engineering Inspiration) and South Florida Regional (Chairman’s Award). The World Championship was held in George R. Brown Convention Center and Minute Maid Park, both held in our area, Houston, brought over 400 teams to Houston.

Texas Torque played on the Carver field, competing against 67 other teams for a spot on Einstein. After tough qualification matches, Texas Torque ended at the 47th position, with 4-6-0 record. Although the ranking was lower than anticipated, the robot performed well by continuously being the robot by being one of the robot that placed the most cubes. We were picked by team 5026 Iron Panthers, and together we picked team 108 SigmaC@T and team 1622 Spyder; together the teams formed the seventh seeded alliance. During the playoffs, our alliance was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Congratulations to Carver division alliance on the World Championship finalists! We would also like to congratulate our friends 2468 Team Appreciate for their Hall of Fame Finalists, and team 148 Robowranglers for winning the Houston World Championship! We would also like to congratulate team 1311 Kell Robotics for their induction into the Hall of Fame.

We’re thankful to have enjoyed a successful and action-packed 2018 season, but the action hasn’t ended yet — we’ll be facing the boss this may at the Texas UIL State Championships!

2018 Repsol Student Awards

April 13, 2018 in FRC, Outreach, Slideshow by Texas Torque

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On Thursday, April 12, Texas Torque was invited to attend the Repsol Student Awards, an event created by Repsol to recognize students who placed first in any local STEM related school district competition.

We demonstrated our 2018 robot “Bravo”, a version of our bagged competition robot, which we built for drive team practice in our lab. Although the stage space was too small to fully use and extend our robotic arm, we were able to invite NASA Astronaut Dr. Anna Lee Fisher to drive “Bravo” around the stage.

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At the event, Texas Torque members had the opportunity to speak with Dr. John Charles, a NASA researcher and head scientist, Dr. Anna Lee Fisher, a NASA Astronaut and Medical doctor, the president of Repsol, and our school district’s remarkable superintendent Dr. Don Stockton. Both Dr. Charles and Dr. Fisher were kind enough to sign Bravo’s blue bumpers after taking group photos.

A high-achieving local FLL team 983 had also been invited to the Repsol Student Award ceremony, and the FLL team presented their own homemade video showcasing their achievements, much like an FRC Chairman’s Award video.

Texas Torque was honored to attend the event and we were happy to present our accomplishments  to our local business community, from parents, to small business owners, to major corporations.

2018 South Florida Regional

April 7, 2018 in Competition, Outreach, Slideshow by Scott Rippetoe

This past weekend, the students, and mentors of Texas Torque traveled to West Palm Beach, Florida, to compete for our week 5 competition, South Florida Regional. Texas Torque competed in 10 hard fought qualification matches, which resulted us in the rank 34 position. By gracious decisions of the alliance captain 1251, Tech-Tiger Robotics, and their first pick 1902, Exploding Bacon, we were able to join their alliance to compete as the 7th seed alliance.

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After 3 hard fought quarter-final matches, we were able to advance to semi finals, where we have been knocked off by the 6th seed alliance, team 1744, 2383, and 3164. Although some issues came along, the drive team did the best they could do to win the match. Congratulations on regional finalists to the 6th seed alliance, and the 1st seed alliance, 179, 180, and 1369 for their regional win.

Good news for the team came along during the awards ceremony, when Texas Torque was selected as the Chairman’s Award winner! This is our 4th Chairman’s Award in five years, which continues the three-year streak of winning Chairman’s Award. You can watch our 2018 Chairman’s Video here.

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In two weeks, Texas Torque will be competing in the 2018 Houston FIRST Championship. As we prepare for the event, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or The Blue Alliance for updates on our progress.

2018 Lone Star Central Regional

March 22, 2018 in Competition, FRC, Slideshow by Scott Rippetoe

This past weekend, the students, mentors, and parents of Texas Torque gathered at the Strake Jesuit school in downtown Houston for the 2018 Lone Star Central Regional. Armageddon, our 2018 robot, performed consistently well in qualification matches and earned us a spot as captains of the first-seed alliance. We teamed up with team 4587 Jersey Voltage, the second seed, and team 6377 the Howdy Bots.

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Throughout elimination matches, we performed well, demonstrating coordinated autonomous modes and skilled cooperation. With the help of our alliance partners, we emerged undefeated and with the regional win. This is the second year in a row our team has won the Lone Star Central Regional, and we couldn’t have done it without our supportive mentors and parents!

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During the awards ceremony, we made quite a few trips down to the field to collect our awards: on top of being Regional Winners, our team won the Safety Award, as well as Engineering Inspiration for our outreach efforts. We were also thrilled when Jackson Schilling, our Mechanical Lead and Sponsorship Liaison, won Dean’s List! He is our team’s FIRST Dean’s List Finalist, and we are so proud of everything he has done for the team.

Texas Torque would like to thank our amazing alliance partners 4587 Jersey Voltage and 6377 Howdy Bots for a great run in the Lone Star Central Regional. We’d also like to congratulate the finalist alliance, including team 5417 Eagle Robotics, the Regional Chairman’s Winners.

Our team will be competing in the South Florida Regional next week! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, or The Blue Alliance for updates on our progress.