Join us at our Open House on Saturday, August 28th, 1PM to 4PM.
Masks Required! Come and Go. Directions below.
We are the Howdy Bots, FRC team 6377, a competitive robotics team that participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) with teams from across Texas and around the world. As a community team, we are not affiliated with any school and are open to students from across the Austin metroplex regardless of school, district, or educational pathway. We are looking for new STUDENTS and MENTORS who love STEM / STEAM! But we’re not just builders and programmers – we also do graphic design, videography and editing, CAD, machining, outreach events, social media, and marketing. And we have a ton of fun while doing it!
In-person competitions are getting started again, and we’re ready to grow the team. The Howdy Bots operate in an apprenticeship model where the students learn through experience and direct mentorship.
Visit with a Howdy Bot! Drive a robot. See the shop. Talk about Robots!!
Read on for more information about the Open House and browse this site for photos, videos and stories from the team
- No experience required!
- 13 to 18 years old
- Eager to learn
- Like to use their hands
- Love to explore
- Check our Student Handbook for more details
- Annual dues $300
- Hotel/Food when traveling
- Scholarships available
- Leaders, teachers, helpers
- Industry professionals, Retirees, Hackers
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Manufacturing (machine tools, sheet metal, plastics)
- Programming (Java)
- Project Management
- Check our Mentor Handbook for more details
Where We Work
The team meets in our 4000 sqft workshop. This space accommodates all team functions: manufacturing, programming, CAD design, video editing, business & marketing, and a practice field. We normally have a half or quarter-field setup but can expand to a full field when needed. It’s so much bigger than the residential garage we started in!
As an FRC student, you get access to world-class, professional software. This includes Solidworks, OnShape, MasterCAM, HSMworks, Altium, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, MS Office, and more.
Some of our shop tools: Haas VF-0E CNC Mill, Shapeoko router table, super-fast CAD and video editing stations, chop saws, band saws, 3D printers, drills, pneumatic riveters, and our best tool— your hands!
Our shop is located on North Mopac, just south of Parmer Lane.
12202 N Mopac Expy
Austin, TX 78758
You can find us in the big building behind Wells Branch Pet & Bird Clinic. We share a driveway, so keep going all the way to the back and past the dumpsters. Help us be good neighbors, please do not park in front of the clinic. There is plenty of parking behind our shop.