Join Us

Thank you for considering to be a part of Texas Torque. If you are new to the team, welcome to a program that can have a huge impact on your future. For those of you that are returning members, we are glad to have you back.

If you want to be a contributing member of the team next season, the absolute best time to join is at the start of the summer so you can help with our off-season project. We meet several days per week during the summer to work on upgrades to the robot from the previous season or try out a new system such as a swerve drive. This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to CAD, use the machines and tools in the lab, and try your hand at being a robot operator or driver. We collect dues in the fall for the spring build and competition season. If you join during the summer and travel with the team to any competitions or help with demonstrations, you will need to purchase a team shirt for $10.

During the fall, we are planning information meetings for students and parents to acquaint everyone with the team and how this all works. We also have smaller teams of students work on a fall challenge  such as launching a basketball into a scoring bin. All of this can be pretty overwhelming when you first join the team. In 2008, we worked out of a storage unit we rented for three months during build season. There were no dues, no nightly meals, only a handful of students working, and no regional wins until that season. Since then, we have an FRC World Championship and recently won our first Regional Chairman’s Award. We work in a facility dedicated to robotics with hopes of expanding in the next few years.

For Students
Student team members, whether they are new or returning veterans, need to fill out the Student Registration Form. It would also benefit the student to read the appropriate section of the Youth Protection Program Guide. We will have a meeting in September for all student team members and part of the agenda will address the Youth Protection Program. All students also need to register with FIRST through the Team Information Management System.

For Parents
With the implementation of YPP, we have additional responsibilities with regard to notifying parents. All of these are clearly identified in the Youth Protection Program Guide. FIRST has provided a document that covers many of these items in this Parent Notification Form. Please fill it out and return it at your earliest convenience to Scott Rippetoe or Matt Davies. We will also have a meeting for parents in the fall to discuss YPP and other issues regarding the team. Once your student completes their registration through the Team Information Management System, you will receive an email from FIRST asking you to accept their FIRST Consent and Release Form.

For Parents and Volunteers
There are many ways volunteers can help Texas Torque. One of our best resources are our parents. In the past, parents have brought us food, hosted parties, recruited sponsors, and even acted as mentors. We have fewer mentors compared to most teams our size. We ask that all parents consider contributing to the team in some fashion. To help us identify the resources you bring, please complete our Parent/Volunteer Survey. If there is more than one person in the household that can help, please complete a separate form for the second person. Thanks for your help and for trusting us to do our best for your teenager.

This page is subject to change as FIRST Robotics rolls out the Youth Protection Program (YPP) and we learn how to comply with these new requirements.

If you have any questions regarding joining the team or helping as a mentor, please contact our lead mentor Scott Rippetoe (mr.rip@texastorque.org).