STEM is taking over the SOUTHLAND..

What happens when Regional Manufacturing companies partner with local high school robotic clubs?

Southwork CompetitionsEngineering & Robotics

The Purpose of creating the Southworks Engineering and Robotics Competition is to provide an opportunity for local and regional manufacturing companies to sponsor and partner with local high schools to develop their individual projects for the 2018 Spring Competition. After the success of the 2017 competition at South Suburban College, this is the next step to keep the students in companies engaged.

Program Awareness

Bring awareness to existing programs and resources in the south suburban community to increase program enrollment numbers. Many students don’t enroll in these programs because they don’t know they exist or by the time they find out about them they are in their senior year of high school

Industry Experts

Create an opportunity for manufacturing companies to use their expertise to help students compete against other schools in the Engineering Olympics.<br />

Student Club Support

Getting involved in a student organization helps young people connect to the field or industry they are most interested in pursuing. It’s also a great way for them to grow their professional network.

Career Exposure

Considering how competitive the job market has become, it’s never too early to start to think about careers. Very few high school students take the time to meet professional contacts, leverage them to create opportunities and then keep in touch with them when they graduate. Hopefully this event will assist in that effort to keep them connected to the manufacturing industry.

Community Support

This competition will give companies an opportunity to connect with the communities and families that they serve on a personal level. By working with the schools and students, they are able to make an impact that can help students make career decisions that best suit their natural abilities.

Career Readiness

Being ready for a career means that a high school graduate has the knowledge and skills needed to qualify for and succeed in postsecondary job training for their chosen career. The larger goal of career readiness requires schools to enable all students to take ownership of their learning and become proficient with a range of learning strategies. Through this competition these skills and abilities will get a chance to be further developed and strengthen.

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2018 Coaches Clinic Recap!

2020 Spring CompetitionsUpdated Nov 8th

These are the current competition briefs for the 2020 Southworks Engineering and Robotics Olympics. If you have any questions or need clarity on any of the rules please email Jason Thomas at

1st Showcase RECAP!

By Susan DeMar Lafferty • Contact Reporter
Daily Southtown
APRIL 17, 2016, 1:09 PM

Robots roamed the atrium, the BT Mark I drone strutted its stuff, while the webcam atop a mini version of Mini Cooper followed visitors wearing bright colors. The manufacturers of these clever products were south suburban high school students, who demonstrated they are eager to be the workforce of tomorrow.

They spent Friday morning exhibiting their talents to area companies during the first ever SouthWorks Engineering and Robotics Showcase at Prairie State College. By bringing together the world of education and work, schools can find out what employers want, and students can learn how their classes provide job skills, said Janice Stoettner of the Illinois State Board of Education’s Career Prep Network.

To read the rest of Susan’s article please > Click Here < to visit the Chicago Tribune website.

Check out the 2019 Competition Recap!

ManufacturingCollege Courses

For students interested in possibly pursuing a career in manufacturing, the following courses are available at the local community colleges here in the area;  South Suburban College  and Prairie State. You can find more information on their websites

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    Computer Ed

    Engineering Tech


    Health Science

    Consumer Science


Speak Seeds, OAI, SSMMA and CSCDC have decided to collaborate on this Southworks Olympics project in an effort to bring everyone to the table for the spring competition. This is truly a grassroots community effort that involves students, parents, teachers, administrators, and regional manufacturing companies.

    Jason Thomas - SpeakSeeds

    Adversity is life pushing you into position..

    Mollie Dowling - OAI Inc

    If you believe, you can achieve

    Reggie Greenwood - CSEDC

    Be the Change you want to see in the world


Each of the manufacturing companies listed below has agreed to partner with a local high school to help them compete in the engineering and robotics competition in April! They have all contributed financial resources and some have even allowed there employees to donate their time to work with students after school! To find out more about each company please click on the name below and it will take you directly to their website!


The following schools participated in the Engineering and robotics olympics in the spring of 2017 and have expressed interest in participating in the Engineering Olympics scheduled for the spring of 2018:

Rich East, Rich Central, Rich South, Homewood- Flossmoor, Bloom, Bloom Trail, Richards, Crete Monee, Hillcrest, Tinley Park, Oak Forest, Illiana Christian, Andrew, Thornton, Thornridge

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Purchase orders andOther Forms

Thank you for stopping by our page! We really appreciate all of the community support and if you would like to personally volunteer your time talent or resources to this effort please email Donald Brozek at

Also you can download information about the competition down below:

2019-2020 High School Team Registration  Form –> Download Here

2019-2020 Company Registration Form –> Download Here

2020 Purchase Order Request Form (xls) —-> Download Here


Jason Thomas is the Executive Director of 3 Seeds Mentoring Group (NFP) and is the primary contact for this competition along with Don Brozek ( He has been working with young people in the area of education and career research here in the Southland for the last 5 years. His most recent postion was director of the TRiO Talent Search Program at Prairie State College where he served 500 first generation/ low income students grades 6-12 from several south suburban communities.

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How it Works?

Any local high schools here in the chicago south suburban community who are interested in participating please email Don Brozek ( so he can provide your school with a registration packet that explains the competitions in detail and also explains how they will be judged along with key dates to keep everyone on track. The competition will take place in the Spring of 2018.

Here are the basic steps to get involved:

  • Designate a COMMITTED staff contact
  • COMPLETE a registration packet
  • ATTEND the Kickoff meet and greet
  • MEET with your company liasion
  • Help your students COMPLETE a project
  • COMPETE in the spring competition
Companies Involved

Here are a few of the companies that are involved with this project:

  • Panduit

  • MI Jack

  • Bimba Manufacturing

  • Kay Manufacturing

  • Southworks Maker Lab

  • Green Manufacturing