Lead Mentor Retires From Academy of Science and Technology

May 29, 2013 in Slideshow by Scott Rippetoe

On Tuesday, May 28th, The Academy of Science and Technology honored Scott Rippetoe by holding a reception for his retirement. He has been teaching for thirty years, with twenty two years at the Academy. While he will be missed greatly in the classroom, he will continue to affect students through Texas Torque as the official robotics coach in Conroe Indepenedent School District. Events of the night included speeches, presentation of roses, and at the end Mr. Rippetoe took control of the robot for the first time this season, in which he entertained and impressed the crowd. Our team is eternally grateful for all his time spent working for the team, for leading us to the World Championships this year and for continuing his mentorship and friendship with each and every member of the team.

Texas Torque Featured on Local Fox Morning News

May 16, 2013 in Outreach, Slideshow by Scott Rippetoe

Texas Torque made an appearance this week on Local Fox 26 News as part of a post-Champs celebration. The team was present for a 6 minute news spot in which the members were interviewed and the robot was demonstrated on video. As an added surprise, Lead Mentor Scott Rippetoe received a stylish red Mohawk (Pictures Below) as part of an agreement: the team made him promise to get a Mohawk if they made it to the Einstein field at Championships. So far, he has gotten a lot of compliments.
The full video is linked below:
Interview with Fox

Texas Torque Wins World Championships

May 10, 2013 in Competition, Slideshow by Scott Rippetoe

After an incredible season, filled with many highs and lows in competition, Texas Torque has returned from the FRC World Championships in St. Louis with not one, but two unbelievable victories, winning both the Galileo Division and the famed Einstein Field.

Following two intense days of qualification rounds, Texas Torque was chosen by FRC 1241, Theory6, who proceeded to choose FRC 610, the Coyotes, to complete the fifth seeded alliance. The competition in eliminations was intense; both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds went on to three matches. However, our alliance pulled through past all challenges and unbelievable obstacles. Similar odds were faced in the final rounds on Einstein Field, and yet, with the combined efforts of the three robots, our alliance went on to win the championship.

This amazing achievement is certainly one that could not have been accomplished alone, and Texas Torque would like to to graciously thank FRC Teams 1241 and 610 for their incredible efforts as alliance partners. We are extremely excited to hold the position as World Champions, especially as Texas Torque is now the second team from Texas to win Einstein Field, the only team from the United States to win the Championship this year, and the youngest team ever to win the Championship.