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CMHS Robotics Team Wins First Place
CMHS Robotics Team wins first place in Catapult Challenge at Southworks Engineering and Robotics Competition
Event hosted by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle


Congratulations to the Crete-Monee High School Robotics Team who took first place in the catapult division at the Southworks Engineering and Robotics Competition. Our students blew away the rest of the competition with a nearly perfect score!

On Saturday, April 8th, Crete-Monee High School students 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.

Several hundred people watched over 125 students from 13 High Schools compete. These young people are the workforce of the future for our manufacturing companies. Thanks to the companies listed below who sponsored a team. Next year, event organizers plan to have more high schools and add middle schools and community colleges to the competition. There was a spontaneous round of applause after the announcement about the expansion of the program. Planning has already started for next year.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle was the host of the award ceremony. "As many of you might know, I began my career as a high school teacher," she stated. "So, I hope to see more gatherings that highlight the talents of students, who comprise our future workforce...,” she added.

The following high school teams won a challenge and received a plaque manufactured by the OAI, Inc. and Makers Lab in Park Forest.

  • Catapult - Crete-Monee High School
  • Robo Pathfinder - Illiana Christian School
  • Autonomous Racer - Oak Forest School
  • Sumo Survivor - Illiana Christian School
  • Vex Competition - Homewood Flossmoor High School

We thank the following schools and sponsoring manufacturers for participating and each team received a participation plaque manufactured by Panduit.

  • Rich East High School - Trialco Aluminum
  • Rich Central High School- Chicago Magnesium
  • Homewood Flossmoor High School- Whiting Corporation
  • Bloom Trail High School- 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

The Olympics is a result of the work of many partners including Mollie Dowling of OAI, Inc., Jason Thomas of Three Seeds, Carol Brooks-Career Development Systems and Janice Stoettner- Career Preparation Network, Canna - Moraine Area Career Systems, Holly Campbell of CSEDC and many others.

Congratulations to the CMHS team and sponsor, Mr. Scott, on this outstanding accomplishment!

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