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Amazing Finish to a Great Season for the FIRST Robotics Team 1477 Texas Torque

Conroe ISD high school students build winning robot, make top 32 at World Championship

The Woodlands, Texas — Sunday, May 26, 2024, 10:00 AM

By The Woodlands Student Center Staff

FIRST Robotics Team 1477 Texas Torque, comprised of high school students from Conroe ISD, showcased their talent by finishing in the top 32 teams worldwide at the FIRST Robotics World Championship in Houston, Texas.

Drive team and pit crew being introduced on Einstein.

The robots. Each weighs about 140 pounds.

No adult designed, built, or programmed the robot; it was 100% done by high school students representing four schools within Conroe ISD. Despite a challenging first day, the team won 4 out of 5 matches, finishing the qualifying rounds ranked #32. Drafted by the #8 captain, they went on to win the Johnson Division. Out of 3,500 teams worldwide, Texas Torque played on the Einstein Field for the World Championship, narrowly losing their second match by one point. The team was elated with their performance, feeling they played like world champions.

"Less than 1% of the nearly 3500 FIRST Robotics Teams in the world make it to Einstein. This was the third trip for FRC 1477 Texas Torque." Scott Rippetoe - Lead Mentor

Lead mentor Scott Rippetoe agreed to get a Mohawk if the team made it back to Einstein.

Since 2008, FIRST Robotics Team 1477 Texas Torque has advanced to the FIRST World Championship every year except 2010. This past March, they competed alongside 600 teams from around the world. Made up of students from Conroe ISD, primarily College Park High School and the Academy of Science and Technology, the team advanced to the finals by sweeping through the lower bracket after an initial playoff loss. They ended the season in the top 32 of the 3,500 teams in FRC.

For more information about the team and joining as a student or adult mentor, visit

The achievements of Texas Torque highlight the dedication and skill of the students involved, providing them with invaluable hands-on experiences in STEM. The team's journey and success at the 2024 FIRST Robotics Championship serve as an inspiration to their community and peers.

1477 Texas Torque, 5813 Morpheus, 3061 Huskies, and 2582 Pantherbots


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