2022 FIT District Pasadena
Last weekend, Texas Torque had a blast at our second competition of the season in Pasadena, Texas!
We ended the qualification rounds as the second-ranked team and finished the competition as a finalist alliance captain!
Our chairman’s team also brought home the District Chairman’s Award and won an opportunity to compete again at the District Championship in April.
Texas Torque is now the 6th ranked FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team in Texas as of this writing.
Shoutout to La Cocina de Roberto for catering our team dinner with delicious tacos and fajitas!
Thank you to everyone who competed with us at Pasadena this weekend!
See Texas Torque’s Pasadena recap video here:
Get ready for our next competition in Pasadena this weekend!
Get prepared because Texas Torque is coming back this weekend to Pasadena, Texas with 34 other teams and plenty of ambition! We hope to do our best and want to extend our gratitude to everyone who made this build season great. With our new and improved climbers and a perfected shooter, we expect to be better than ever in this competition. If you see us please come and ask for some exclusive Torque merch. If you want to be updated on the road, then follow us at @TexasTorque on Twitter, @frc1477 on Instagram, and @texastorque1477 on Tik Tok!
2022 FIT District Waco
Last weekend, Texas Torque achieved success at our first competition of the season in Waco, Texas!
We ended the qualification rounds as the fourth-ranked team and finished the competition as an alliance captain that advanced to the finals.
Our chairman’s team won the Engineering Inspiration award, qualifying them to compete at the State Champs in April.
Shreyas, our team’s driver and Safety Captain, as well as our business lead, Macy, received the Safety All-Star award for their commitment to maintaining a safe work environment for everyone.
Texas Torque is now the 12th ranked FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team in Texas because of our incredible, hardworking team.
Thank you to everyone’s support in getting Texas Torque geared up for a week one competition!
We look forward to competing at Pasadena next!
See Texas Torque’s Waco recap video here:
Torquealiers HEB Parade (Cancelled)
Last Thursday was the 72nd Annual HEB Thanksgiving Parade. Texas Torque and CavBots, another team based out of The Woodlands College Park, entered the parade together as the Torquealiers.
Unfortunately, the parade was canceled due to the threat of inclement weather, but it was still a lot of fun to work with our fellow team to try and celebrate the Thanksgiving holidays in a colorful and festive way.
We want to give a huge thanks to all the wonderful people in CavBots and in our own team that worked so hard to try and bring the festive feeling of Thanksgiving to life, as well as the organizers for inviting us to participate in such a celebrated event. We hope to have an even better experience next year!
The Remix Reboot (Cancelled)
We are back. Texas Torque could not host The Remix this past fall, in 2020, for obvious reasons. After discussions with FIRST in Texas and campus administration, we will be hosting The Remix 2021 on October 2, 2021. Because the field for Infinite Recharge takes more time to set up than those from previous years, we are starting field assembly at noon on Friday, October 1. Teams are welcome to load-in any time between 6 and 9 pm Friday night or after 7:00 am Saturday morning.
One of the reasons we offer The Remix is to allow pre-rookie teams an opportunity to compete at a robotics competition with an FRC robot before they attend a district event. Because these teams often have no financial resources, we do not charge them to participate. To make matters worse, there are teams that did not get to attend an official event in 2020 or 2021. Many teams have new drivers and operators and do not identify them until the new school year starts.
We are going to try something a little different for workshops this year. We thought it would be helpful to have students from different sub-teams get together at lunch. They can talk shop while eating. We may still have a session dedicated to Chairman’s apart from the working lunch.
Texas Torque does not use The Remix as a fundraiser. Any profit remaining after we cover expenses go to support the Montgomery County Women’s Center. We also ask teams to bring a $10 LEGO set and a bed-in-a-bag set. The LEGO set will end up in the hands of a child at a local hospital. The bed-in-a-bag set will go to Angel Reach, a program for young adults that have aged out of the foster care system but still need support.
Details regarding The Remix are available here.
PPE for Education and Healthcare
When we started back in March, I never imagined we would be where we are now. So many people have contributed to our PPE effort and made a real difference for nurses, doctors, teachers, and many others.
I just want to share some information to help everyone understand how far-reaching this project has been and continues to be. Texas Torque has sent over 5200 face shields to just shy of one hundred organizations. One group we have supplied to are all the nurses throughout Conroe ISD. In addition, we have supplied ear savers for face masks and several intubation chambers.
Our initial GoFundMe raised approximately $20,000. We have received another $7000 from donations directly to our PayPal account. All of our PPE has been provided free of charge though we do ask for donations. Shipping is our largest expense after material costs. We current have $8500 which should keep us producing for another three to four months. At some point, we may need to make an appeal for more funding.
Our newest project is an effort to create hands-free sanitizer pump stations for classrooms, starting with those frequented by members of Texas Torque. Each station costs under $20 for all the materials and includes a 3D printed part to support the pump bottle. The FTC teams at The Woodlands High School are using our design to create stations for any teacher that requests one for their classroom.
Thank you for everyone’s support. In the midst of so much bad news, be proud that you have had such an amazing positive impact in the lives of so many.