Texas Torque at the Bayou Regional

March 26, 2013 in Competition by Scott Rippetoe

16 students from Texas Torque traveled to The Big Easy this past weekend to compete at the Bayou regional competition. At the end of qualifying matches, 1477 was seeded seventh out of 54 teams. Proving we can still push ourselves further as a team, we scored a total of 336 points in teleoperated mode- a massive improvement from the Lonestar Regional only two weeks earlier. As an alliance captain, Torque chose 456 Siege Robotics and 442 Redstone Robotics as our partners. We played competitively in the elimination rounds but were eventually eliminated in the second round of semifinals. However, we were excited to leave New Orleans with the Industrial Design award sponsored by General Motors.

by Kolton

Texas Torque at Lone Star Regional 2013

March 14, 2013 in Competition, Slideshow by Kolton

Texas Torque again attended the Lone Star Regional during the 2013 competition season. After some technical difficulties on Thursday, Texas Torque began picking up steam on Friday and thanks to the drive team’s skill were the only undefeated team at the end of the day. On Saturday, however, one of our opposing alliances managed to sneak some extra points and brought us down to the number two team in the final rankings. The quarter-finals were intense, but after suffering another set of communication errors, we were eliminated after the second quarter-final match. Even though we were disappointed at the loss of the regional, Texas Torque won the “Rockwell Automation: Innovation in Control Award” bringing our spirits up. Now that we know what we need to be working on, Texas Torque is ready to come back with an even more powerful bot at the Bayou Regional!