Texas Torque at 2012 FIRST Championship

April 28, 2012 in Competition, Slideshow by Eric Menees

Texas Torque traveled to St. Louis, Missouri, for the international FIRST Championship held from April 25-28. With over 400 FRC teams competing, the competition was divided up into four divisions – Newton, Curie, Galileo, and Archimedes – played on identical fields. Texas Torque was placed in the Curie division along with other powerhouse teams such as 624 CRyptonite, 987 High Rollers, 341 Miss Daisy, and 254 Cheesy Poofs. Seeding low in the qualifying matches due to mechanical failures, Texas Torque joined up with the 6th seed alliance captain 3528 Up Next! and 1741 Red Alert for the elimination matches. After losing their first quarterfinal match by two points, the alliance managed to pull out ahead in the next two matches, winning each with a narrow margin of one point. Despite putting up scores in the 80’s during the semifinals, the alliance lost its last two matches when faced with scores in the triple digits put up by the 987-led alliance that went on to win the Curie division and compete in the finals on Einstein.



In addition to competing, Texas Torque students participated in the FIRST Student Ambassador program. Marta Rippetoe, Teju Kishore, Amanda Lebsack, and Eric Menees volunteered their time to spread their knowledge and love of FIRST with VIPs and delegates from around the world. As the diplomats of FIRST, they gave guided tours of the pits and competition floor. They explained the various levels of competitions to executives from companies such as Boeing and MasterCard, giving them a personalized version of the FIRST experience and the opportunities it provides for students. Junior Eric Menees sums up his experience ambassadoring,”If I can impart even a fraction of the love I have for FIRST to someone unfamiliar with the program, I will have been successful. To paraphrase Dean Kamen, all it takes is that first spark and they’re hooked.”

Students from Texas Torque and CRyptonite lead a tour for Mastercard VIPs


Scott Rippetoe Receives Woodie Flowers Award

April 7, 2012 in Competition, Slideshow by Eric Menees

Scott Rippetoe was presented with the prestigious Woodie Flowers Finalist award at the Lonestar Regional this weekend. The Woodie Flowers award is given as recognition for the dedication of a mentor and his contributions to his team. Students compose an essay summarizing their mentor’s unique attributes and conveying the sacrifices made for the team. These essays are then read by judges who chose a select few to receive this award. Mr. Rip has donated countless hours to Texas Torque, acting as both an educator and a motivator for the students on the team, and we are very lucky to have him as our mentor.

Texas Torque Places Second at Lonestar Regional

April 7, 2012 in Competition, Slideshow by Eric Menees

This weekend, Texas Torque rolled down to the Lonestar Regional in Houston, Texas. Together with alliance captain Team 624 CRyptonite and Team 2773 Irondogz, they advanced through the elimination rounds, remaining undefeated until the finals. They were awarded second place as regional finalists, as well as the prestigious Woody Flowers Finalist award in recognition of mentor Scott Rippetoe’s commitment and dedication to the team.



Texas Torque Wins Bayou Regional

March 19, 2012 in Competition, Slideshow by Eric Menees

Last week, Texas Torque voyaged to the Bayou Regional in Kenner, Louisiana, placing as the highest seed in the qualifiers and becoming the first seed alliance captain. Together with FRC Teams 624 CRyptonite and 4353 RoBoDawgs, they advanced through the elimination rounds, remaining undefeated and taking home another banner as the Regional Winner. They were also given the Engineering Inspiration Award which recognizes the team’s involvement in the community and dedication to spreading the FIRST message.

Photo: Texas Torque, CRyptonite, and RoBoDawgs battle it out in the elimination rounds.

A shot and a make!

Texas Torque Visits Boy Scout Troop 889

March 10, 2012 in Outreach, Slideshow by Eric Menees

The team demonstrated their 2011 robot for around 60 scouts, explaining the various features and systems used and creating an interactive experience for scouts of all ages. Members of Texas Torque volunteered  their knowledge and expertise in conducting the class for the Robotics and Electronics merit badges,  describing in detail the process of building, programming and competing with the robot. Team members will continue to mentor these scouts as they work through other badge requirements in the coming weeks.


Texas Torque Wins Alamo Regional

March 3, 2012 in Competition, Slideshow by Eric Menees

Texas Torque, along with teams 231 High Voltage and 457 Grease Monkeys, made it through the elimination rounds at Alamo Regional in San Antonio, ultimately taking home a banner as the Regional Winner and the GM Industrial Design Award. Thanks to 231 for selecting us for their alliance.