• It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
    Fredrick Douglass
  • We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.
    Winston Churchill
  • The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others.
  • All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind.
    Martin H. Fischer
  • For the things of this world cannot be made known without a knowledge of mathematics.
    Roger Bacon
  • Nothing is so inspiring as seeing big works well laid out and planned and a real engineering organisation.
    Frederick Handley Page
  • Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    Arthur C. Clarke
  • Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity in imagination.
    John Dewey
  • Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.
    Martin Luther King Jr.


  • Mr. Southern gives me hope that more young people will make careers in technical fields and have the tools to be highly successful. I feel bless to have Mr. Souther as a friend who is part of my family.
    Raymond Roberts
    Class Tech High School
  • I learned some amazing things I could do with technology and the value of team work. iLLUMINATE S.T.E.M was very inspirational because Mr. Souther always believed in us. Even if we were unsure in ourselves.
    Brandon Crosson
    John Glenn High School
  • Mr. Southern taught me how to go after what I really wanted in life, he is actually the one who inspired me to major in Computer Engineering. Mr. Southern taught me everything that he knows about robots and he always stresses how important technology is. I look up to Mr. Southern because not too many African-American men can say that they have accomplished some of the things that Mr. Southern has accomplished.
    Tia Smith
    Cass Technical High School
  • From working with Mr. Southern I have learned too many things to mention from how to deal with girls or how properly calibrate a light sensor on a robot. I have been learning things from Mr. Southern for more than ten years ago and his lessons have played a very pivotal role in my life.
    Ronald Norwood
    Osborn High School