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We are having an Online Auction!


Have you noticed all of our social media posts about companies who have donated to our team for our upcoming auction? Are you as excited as we are? Well, we are finally ready to announce the specifics so you can start getting ready to place your bids!

On October 30th we will launch a week long online auction that will serve as a major fundraiser for our upcoming season.  The auction will close on Sunday, November 5th. We currently have donations from over 35 companies, including Schiltterbahn, HEB, Catch Air, Fuzzy’s Tacos, and Inner Space Cavern!

Stay tuned for more exciting updates from our fundraising team and keep track of our donations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!


Support us through AmazonSmile!


You can now support the Howdy Bots by shopping on Amazon!

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to our non-profit, ATX Robotics! Simply click the link below and we will get a small portion of any Amazon purchase you make! However, only purchases made at smile.amazon.com, (not amazon.com or the mobile app,) generate AmazonSmile donations.

Support us here, or click the link on the sidebar.

Thank you for supporting our team! Build season is coming up in a few months, so stay tuned for more blog posts.

Houston Championships Recap

Last week we participated in the Houston Championship.

This competition was a lot different than our previous competitions, as there were 400 other teams and thousands of people! Since there were so many teams, the competition was split into six divisions, and the winners of each division would compete in the finals in Minute Maid Park, the Houston Astros baseball stadium! Continue reading “Houston Championships Recap”

Alamo Regional Recap

This weekend we competed at the Alamo Regional in San Antonio, Texas.

We weren’t as nervous going into this competition as we were at Lone Star Central, mainly because we knew what we were doing this time and we already got a spot into the Championships. We decided to use this competition as an opportunity to practice driving the robot as well as getting to know other teams. We were able to rebuild the pit in an hour and a half, and spent the rest of Wednesday strategizing and exploring San Antonio!  Continue reading “Alamo Regional Recap”

Lone Star Central Regional Recap

Last week was our first competition, the Lone Star Central Regional, in Houston, Texas.

We drove down on Wednesday to set up our pit. Our pit is a 10’x10’x10′ space that each team is assigned. Here, we can fix and modify our robot as well as display our team spirit and talk to judges. Each pit is unique and can be decorated any way the team desires. We built our pit by ourselves in less than two hours. As you can see from the photo below, our pit was constructed out of wood 2x4s with a large canvas tarp draped around the outside. We had plenty of room in our pit for our tools and displayed some photos on the side walls. The small table in the front was our marketing station, where we handed out our brochures, business cards, and “swag” pins.

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Much more than just a robot!

This past week has been one of our busiest weeks yet. Our “build” sub-teams have been very busy putting our robot together! Only a couple weeks are left, things are getting real! As you may not know, the FIRST Robotics Competition is much more than just building a robot. In addition to our hardworking build teams, we also have several other sub-teams working behind the scenes on non-mechanical jobs.

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20 days left of build season!

The last month has flown by and it’s been a blast! We can’t believe January is already over. We have learned so much this month. We started from having no idea what the challenge would be to having a prototype robot built and running, with prototypes for all our mechanisms for the game! Over the last few days we have been very busy brainstorming for our final robot design, and we are happy to say we are almost ready to start building! Yesterday we got a big shipment of parts for the robot!

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