In an effort to encourage today’s youth to consider careers in the trades, a group of St. Louis female union carpenters recently made a short trip to Kansas City, Mo., to share their skills with children at the Block Kids Competition.
The 27th annual event, sponsored by the Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction, was held in early February at the Builders’ Association Training Center.
The local women – all members of the Sisters in the Brotherhood (SIB) of the St. Louis-Kansas City Carpenters Regional Council – joined other union carpenters at the competition to show children how to use hammers, screw guns and nail guns.
The event is designed to engage elementary school children in creative thinking and reasoning skills and to introduce students to design and construction as a possible career path.
It included several trade-specific booths where children were able to learn firsthand about a craft by actually participating in it and a contest in which kids were asked to create a commercial building using legos, construction paper, string and aluminum foil.