VIDEO: NAWIC’s ‘Block Kids’ Featured on KMOV

By on February 2, 2018

This year’s “Block Kids” competition at Iveland Elementary School was featured on a broadcast of KMOV’s “Great Day St. Louis” program. St. Louis Chapter #38 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has been organizing the competition for nearly three decades. The award-winning program introduces children to the construction industry in an effort to create awareness and promote careers in the industry.

Block Kids Building Competition is a national competition program that is sponsored on the local level by NAWIC chapters and other organizations. It allows K-6 children to think critically, design, and realize their designs.

 The competitors use interlocking blocks to execute their vision and must include three of four items which include a small rock, string, foil, and poster board.

Judges from the local construction industry selectthe winners, who then move on to regional level, where selections are made for the nationalcompetition. Judges score students on originality/creativity, attention to detail, use of materials, and an oral presentation. In the oral part ofthe scoring judges ask the children questions such as, “Who will use this?”, “If you did this again would you build it the same way?”, and “Do you know about the different kinds of construction work? What do you think you would like best?”

 

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