Event to introduce children to the construction industry
BY SHERI GASSAWAY
The St. Louis chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is hosting its 30th annual Block Kids Building Competition on Saturday, Jan. 25, for children in grades three through six.
The event, which introduces children to the construction industry in an effort to create awareness and promote careers in the industry, will be held at Woodard Cleaning & Restoration, 9308 Manchester Road in Rock Hill, Mo. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
At 9 a.m. children will be given interlocking blocks and will have about an hour to create a project based on the instructions provided. Afterward, they will have lunch while their projects are being judged followed by a short awards ceremony.
NATIONAL BUILDING COMPETITION
The Block Kids Building program is an award-winning national building competition sponsored by the NAWIC Education Foundation and implemented at the local level by individual NAWIC chapters. This is the 30th year the St. Louis chapter has hosted the program here.
The construction industry is facing a critical workforce shortage that poses a serious problem for the national economy. In order to meet the demand for construction, the industry needs to attract, educate and train about 240,000 newcomers annually.
“NAWIC recognizes the need for educating others to influence the future growth of the industry, and we have made it part of our strategic plan to do so through several programs,” the St. Louis chapter stated in a news release. “The Block Kids Building Competition is one of our most popular programs.”
To register your child for the event, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Since lunch is included, be sure to include any dietary restrictions.
To volunteer as a judge for the day or to sponsor the program, visit nawicstl.org.