by Kolton

Texas Torque Demos at Bush Elementary Science Night

January 24, 2013 in Outreach, Slideshow by Kolton

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.

2013 FIRST Challenge

January 5, 2013 in Competition, Slideshow by Scott Rippetoe

This year, the FIRST FRC challenge is titled Ultimate Ascent. “ULTIMATE ASCENT SM is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27 x 54 foot field. Each Alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs into their goals as they can during a two (2)-minute and fifteen (15)-second match. The higher the goal in which the disc is scored, the more points the Alliance receives” -FIRST Website. We are looking forward to the competition this year as we start to build our 2013 robot. The complete rules for this year’s challenge can be found at We hope to see fellow teams and supporters at our first competition, the Lonestar Regional.


IFI Becomes Texas Torque Sponsor

December 20, 2012 in Slideshow by Scott Rippetoe

Innovation First International (IFI) donated their valuable products to Texas Torque. We would like to thank them for the various motors, gearboxes, wheels, and chain they have graciously given to us.  The total worth of the donated parts was over $3,000. IFI’s support is invaluable to us and we are extremely grateful for their contributions to Texas Torque this upcoming year.

Anadarko donates $5,000 to Texas Torque

December 6, 2012 in Slideshow by Scott Rippetoe

Anadarko graciously donated $5,000 again for the eighth year in a row. We would like to thank them for donating to Texas Torque and supporting the 2013 competition season once again.

Texas Torque FLL Qualifier Registration

November 20, 2012 in Slideshow by Scott Rippetoe

We have received only one registration for our qualifying tournament on December 1. After consulting with the FIRST LEGO League Operational Partner at the University of Houston, College of Technology, we have decided to cancel the Texas Torque FLL Qualifier.

Texas Torque at the Houston Robot Remix

November 13, 2012 in Competition, Slideshow by Scott Rippetoe

At the first annual Houston Robot Remix, our team not only hosted the event, but also competed.  Seeding 3rd in the qualifying rounds, Texas Torque formed an alliance with teams 3847 and 3999 for the elimination bracket. In our first and second match we faced the 6th seed alliance and won to advance to the semifinals. However, in the third and fourth riveting matches we faced an unfortunate loss.  While we scored higher in basket points we did not score any bridge points, which proved to be the determining factor.  Team 4589 from Kingwood,TX used our secondary robot and was a finalist. They started a team this year and wanted to participate in the event though they lacked a robot of their own. We were happy to help a fellow team and look forward to hosting the competition next year.

1477, 3847, 3999 Alliance