Category: Texas Torque

Texas Torque 1477 First Robotics Team Hosts Remix Competition At College Park High School

Texas Torque 2017 UIL Robot
Texas Torque 2017 UIL Robot.

Please join Texas Torque 1477 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics in hosting their annual Remix competition on Saturday, November 11th from 8:30am to 4:30pm. This action-packed event is free, open to the public, and showcases the team’s community involvement in STEM education.

The competition will be held in the gyms across from new the state-of-the-art CISD robotics lab, which will be open for tours from 11am to 1pm. 30 teams from Texas, Louisiana, and Mexico will form alliances to compete with robots that shoot balls, collect and elevate gears, and climb a rope to earn points. Please watch this promotional video for more information about the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjp5KYsTsL0.

If you would like to learn more about the new lab, programs for students of all ages, or Texas Torque, please visit us at www.texastorque.org, Texas Torque on Facebook, or @TexasTorque on Twitter. The team is always looking for new opportunities, members, sponsors, and mentors.

Robotics: Local robotics team teaches skills, life lessons

Robotics may not seem like an everyman sport, but one local team is trying to change that persona.

Texas Torque Team 1477 poses at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis at the FIRST Robotics World Championship.
Texas Torque Team 1477 poses at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis at the FIRST Robotics World Championship.

The Texas Torque robotics team competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” Each year, teams receive a task like shooting basketballs into hoops, tossing Frisbees or, like this year, stacking storage tubs on one another and topping it off with a large plastic trash can.

While Texas Torque Team 1477 only earned a moderate amount of success at the 2015 international competition, team members aren’t newbies to the scene. They were the 2013 World Champions and nearly took the same title in 2014. click here for complete story

Texas Torque robotics team honored at The Woodlands Township board meeting

Screen_Shot_2014-09-26_at_9.46.45_AMThe Woodlands Township Board of Directors held a regular Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at The Woodlands Township Town Hall, 2801 Technology Forest Boulevard, at 6 p.m. The entire meeting can be watched on video at The Woodlands Township website (www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov) The following actions were taken. click here for complete story

Texas Torque showing great success in robotics community

Conroe ISD high school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math can apply their strengths to something that has long been a figment of the imagination, but now a reality in today’s society: Robots.

Members of Texas Torque pose for a picture after competing in the 2014 World Championships in St. Louis.
Members of Texas Torque pose for a picture after competing in the 2014 World Championships in St. Louis.

Since 2010, the Texas Torque Robotics Team has tackled a new challenge every year, in which they have several weeks to create a robot which they then enter in various competitions that lead to the robotic World Championships in St. Louis.

The Texas Torque team is student led in nearly all aspects and deals with designing, constructing, and operating a robot as well as providing community outreach in the forms of volunteering, demos, and robotics camps for elementary and middle school children. Students on the team are generally from The Woodlands area, however, it is open to all high school students in the Conroe Independent School District and surrounding areas. Past and present team members have come from the Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands High School, The Woodlands College Park, Oak Ridge, as well as home schooled students. click here for complete story

Can a robot learn right from wrong?

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In Isaac Asimov’s short story “Runaround,” two scientists on Mercury discover they are running out of fuel for the human base. They send a robot named Speedy on a dangerous mission to collect more, but five hours later, they find Speedy running in circles and reciting nonsense.

It turns out Speedy is having a moral crisis: he is required to obey human orders, but he’s also programmed not to cause himself harm. “It strikes an equilibrium,” one of the scientists observes. “Rule three drives him back and rule two drives him forward.”

AS ROBOTS FILTER OUT INTO THE REAL WORLD, MORAL SYSTEMS BECOME MORE IMPORTANT

Asimov’s story was set in 2015, which was a little premature. But home-helper robots are a few years off, military robots are imminent, and self-driving cars are already here. We’re about to see the first generation of robots working alongside humans in the real world, where they will be faced with moral conflicts. Before long, a self-driving car will find itself in the same scenario often posed in ethics classrooms as the “trolley” hypothetical — is it better to do nothing and let five people die, or do something and kill one? click here for complete story

Texas Torque Robotics Team travels to World Championships

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The Texas Torque Robotics Team, which is made up of students from The Academy of Science and Technology, The Woodlands College Park High School, The Woodlands High School, and Oak Ridge High School, once again qualified to compete at the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) World Championships in St. Louis this past weekend.
The competition began with FIRST sending teams a set of parts to build a robot within a six-week period. The teams competed in regionals prior to advancing to finals. Four hundred teams from over thirty countries made it to the national competition. click here for complete story

Texas Torque – 2nd Annual FIRST Fall Remix

More than 20 teams joined Texas Torque Team 1477 for the second annual FIRST Fall Remix held at TWCP High School. Texas Torque was in second place at the end of the qualification rounds and together with two other teams in their alliance, won in the finals. Recognition goes to Jason Ball, Matt Davies and Lead Mentor Scott Rippetoe for their work.

The event benefited local charities including the Angel Reach Foundation with team donations and the Montgomery County Women’s Center with revenue from T-shirt sales. Texas Torque members are: Anurag Choudhury, Ayesh, Sondapperumaaarachichi, Edward Xie, Fernando Montes, Justin Taylor, Oliver Abdulrahim, Shray Mittal, Alexander Choi, Bryce Kopankiewitz, Caroline Wageman, Connor Smith, Cooper Burner, Gjis Landwehr, Jeffrey Zhang, Matthew Bartell, Patrick McCabe, Vikram Krishnan, Walter Sagehorn, Austin Bae, Bradley Holloway, Chase Noren, Humphrey Obuobi, Jacob Lubecki, Katherine Xie, Kimberly Gordy, Nicholas Morales, Roberto Dailey, Vaishu Kishore, Robert Oakley, Taylor Brown and Colton Coates.