Robotics Community

Investing in the next generation of robotics leaders

FIRST Robotics: Inspiring young minds

With more than 400,000 participants nationwide, FIRST programs and competitions are designed to highlight science and technology and inspire the next generation of leaders and thinkers. We’re proud to actively support this amazing program by inviting classes and groups from around the region into our headquarters, showing them the current state-of-the-art in robotics technologies, giving them hands-on experience with our systems, and talking to them about how they have the power to change our world.

VT Hacks: 36 hours of pure collective creativity

With so many ties to Virginia Tech and the local technology community, it’s a natural fit to support VT Hacks, a 36-hour hackathon where small, focused teams from all over the east coast gather to make awesome things. Projects range from smartwatch apps that can identify if a person is intoxicated by the way they’re moving, to prototypes for a low-cost telescope. Torc team members act as mentors to the students, offering advice throughout the work session.

Projects range from smartwatch apps that can identify if a person is intoxicated by the way they’re moving, to prototypes for a low-cost telescope.

We also support university-based robotics and technology programs from around the country, many of which have staff with connections back to Virginia Tech. One of those is the Robotics Association at Embry Riddle (RAER), which traveled all the way to Singapore to participate in the inaugural Maritime RobotX Challenge. Torc supported the team by donating a PinPoint™ localization system.

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