The King High School Torque Robotics Team (FIRST Team 5283) was founded in 2013 by sophomore Cash Davis, although the team's first competition was the 2014 FIRST Orlando Regional. In this first competition of Aerial Assist, Team 5283 earned 18th place out of 62 teams and was rewarded the Rookie Inspiration Award and the Highest Rookie Seed Award for its outreach to others, and for inspiring innovation and technological education. At the 2014 Panther Prowl, an Off-Season event, the team was seeded first place and tied for third place in the tournament with another alliance as well as bringing home the 'We Really Like You' Award. The Torque Team had a very action packed first year and will definitely be coming back for more.
Torque consists of 30 students ages 13-18 as well as 9 adults. Thanks to these experienced mentors, students learn a range of valuable skills throughout the season, such as the build and design process, business management, cooperation, marketing, and leadership expertise. Each year FRC comes out with a new challenge for which the team must design, build, and program a robot within six weeks, in order to compete with other teams. Each year a new, unique game is created by FIRST, challenging the teams in different ways. These challenges require students to be able to work quickly and effectively over the build season in order to achieve success in the competitions.
FIRST is about more than just building robots; FIRST is about changing the culture in which we live in. Our mission is to help transform students into engineers, and engineers into heroes. Over the history of our team, we have been looking at the big picture, and have promoted an atmosphere of competition while sustaining gracious professionalism. The main goal of Torque is to inspire others to explore the fields of science and technology. To achieve this goal, the team actively seeks opportunities to educate and promote robotics. Outreach is one of the largest parts of the program. The students give back to the community by demonstrating their robot as well as offering educational opportunities regarding the intricacies of robotics. The Torque Team has visited various middle schools, Boy Scout camps, and engineering expos in order to encourage robotics within future engineers.