Holy Cows FIRST Robotics Team Featured at SolidWorks World


Inspiration.  That is just one of the reasons the Holy Cows FRC 1538,  FIRST Robotics team will be featured in the Partner Pavilion at SolidWorks World in San Diego.  The Holy Cows team and mentors truly are changing the world.  I got a chance to talk with the Holy Cows about the team and why they chose SolidWorks.

Holy Cows SolidWorks Model 1

If the Holy Cows want the world to know something about them, what would it be?

Yes, we build robots and yes they look nice.  People ask us why we put so much effort into making our robots not only look nice, but perform well on the field. The answer to that is simple. Inspiration. When a student on our team sees the result of their work, it inspires self-confidence. Students believe that if they can build this robot that looks and performs great, then they can do anything they set their minds to.

We also want our robots to be an inspiration for students on other teams. We want them to watch one of our matches and say to themselves “Wow, I want to build a robot like that.”  Yes, building a robot is great, but what we’re really after is inspiring students to get excited about science and engineering.

Holy Cows SolidWorks Model 2

Why did the team use SolidWorks?

We use SolidWorks because we feel is better prepares students for industry. In addition, the tools SolidWorks provides allows us to get through the design and iteration phase of build season faster.

Holy Cows SolidWorks Model 3

The Holy Cows were one of the robot teams selected to represent FIRST leading this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade to celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  They also were awarded the 2013 Chairman’s Award – the highest honor in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Two of the team’s six engineering mentors use SolidWorks in their day jobs. Jon Jack,  SeaBotix, Inc. and Kiet Chau from QUALCOMM has used SolidWorks for over 7 years.


You cannot go to a SolidWorks Hands-On Test Drive at our resellers without seeing a SeaBotix ROV model.  Years ago, SeaBotix was featured in the SolidWorks World Partner Pavilion.   Now engineering mentors are inspiring the Holy Cows to inspire students about STEM all over the world.

Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard