Houston Museum of Natural Science Demo

July 22, 2016 in Outreach by Scott Rippetoe

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On Friday, July 15, 10 members of Texas Torque brought our 2016 robot, Impulse, down to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Children around the demo area were able to “feed” boulders to Impulse and then watch as it shot the balls across the lobby to Texas Torque members. During battery changes, spectators were allowed to come up close to Impulse and learn about the mechanics and electronics inside, as well as take pictures. In the 3 hours that Impulse was there, over 2000 museum visitors stopped by to feed boulders, take pictures, and learn about Impulse and FIRST Robotics.

This experience was enjoyable and educational for team members and spectators alike. We look forward to future demonstrations at the museum and hope to have have some other teams bring their robots as well!

Fourth of July Parade

July 5, 2016 in Outreach by Scott Rippetoe


This past Monday, Texas Torque took part in The Woodlands Township’s annual Fourth of July Parade.

The team’s float was, once again, a very memorable part of the parade. The audience saw our 2016 robot, Impulse, shoot boulders to several members of the team, which drew the attention and admiration of children and adults alike. Stickers and trading cards were shared to the excited community as our team spread the innovation and message of FIRST Robotics. Crowds watched in amazement to see the accomplishments of a high school robotics team, inspired both by Impulse and the teamwork our members displayed during the trek.

This event was a fantastic experience for the team, and we hope to march again in the future!