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President Preckwinkle gives a gold medal to the Robotics Olympics


Image courtesy of Barbara Maloof

Image courtesy of Barbara Maloof


On Saturday, April 8th, teams competed and developed projects that connect experiential learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) around the themes of team-based product design, prototyping, problem-solving and innovation. The regional robotics and engineering Olympics event, paired 13 manufacturing companies with local high schools for mentorship and sponsorship throughout the year.

“As many of you might know, I began my career as a high school teacher,” stated Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. “So, I hope to see more gatherings that highlight the talents of students, who comprise our future workforce…” Please click here to read Barbara Maloof’s story on Cook County’s Economic Development blog. A related story, “H-F wins at SouthWorks Robotics competition,” by Marilyn Thomas is here in the Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle.  Wes Bushby, from Whiting Corporation photographed and blogged about the event here. The Tribune/Daily Southtown also featured a story  “Education automated at Robotic Olympics” here.

The following high school teams earned recognition for each olympic division:

Catapult – Crete Monee Robo Pathfinder – Illiana Christian Autonomous Racer – Oak Forest Sumo Survivor – Illiana Christian Vex Competition – Homewood Flossmoor

We thank the following schools and sponsoring manufacturers for participating:

Rich East High School – Trialco Aluminum Rich Central – Chicago Magnesium Homewood Flossmoor – Whiting Corporation Bloom Trail – SET Enterprises Harold L. Richards High School – Alsip MiniMill LLC. Crete Monee High School – Bimba Manufacturing Hillcrest High School – Mi-Jack Products Tinley Park High School – Panduit Oak Forest High School – Kocsis Brothers Machine Co. Illiana Christian High School – Kay Manufacturing Thornton High School – LB Steel Thornwood High School – Galagher Asphalt Thornridge High School – Ardagh Group

More photos are here, courtesy of Jason Thomas.

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