Block Kids

Our NAWIC Chapter #96 sponsors a FREE program for elementary school children (grades 1st-6th) to learn about the construction industry. The students, working independently in each grade group, use 100 Lego-like building blocks, string, cardboard, one rock, and foil to build something related to the construction industry (no people or animals). All materials are provided. After the projects are built, the students discuss their projects with the judges, who are local construction business people, owners, engineers, and architects. Monetary prizes are awarded to winners in each grade and overall winners. The student who wins first place overall will have their project go on for judging at the regional level and potentially national level.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have unfortunately decided to cancel the 2022 event. We hope to be back on track next year.

2020 Block Kids Winner: Harrison White, 6th Grade, John Bassett Moore Intermediate School

Harrison built a Solar Powered Ocean Tidier (SPOT). It is a totally solar-powered crane that travels to the ocean floor and picks up trash & debris from the ocean. SPOT will run continuously, searching for trash in the ocean and will automatically sort trash from recyclables which will be separated on the vessel. This structure/machine has GPS tracking and will be used by oceanographers, researchers as well as the military.