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!
Saturday, February 2nd, nine members of Texas Torque traveled to the Lone Star Convention Center to demonstrate Velociriptar and the fire fighting robots. As part of the Sci://Tech exposition, the team answered questions about robotics, engineering, and FIRST in general. The elementary school aged kids were both fascinated and frightened by the past year’s robot. We met a lot of interesting people and are looking forward to the years when those who attended will be members.
Texas torque attended the Barbara Bush Elementary Science Night with a demo that included lat year’s robot “Velociriptar”. We received many visitors at our demo and were the talk of the night according to Assistant Principal Christina Reichelt. We entertained many different students from grades Kindergarten through 4th. and hopefully inspired many of them to pursue robotics in their futures.