The Greater Omaha Chapter #116 of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC, www.nawicomaha.org) will hold its annual Block Kids event on January 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Metropolitan Community College, South Campus, 2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave. in Industrial Training Center Conference Center 120.
The acclaimed program, organized by NEF – NAWIC Education Foundation, is hosted by NAWIC chapters nationwide. Its aim is to introduce children to the construction field, fostering awareness and curiosity regarding careers in this industry. This no-cost event is limited to 100 students in grades kindergarten through sixth. Each participant receives 100 interlocking blocks, a small rock, string, foil and a poster board. Within a maximum of one hour, they’re encouraged to use these materials and their creativity to conceive and construct a project connected to the construction industry.
Following project completion, judges conduct interviews, posing questions like: Why did you select this project? What aspects do you appreciate about it? Is there anything you would modify? How do you envision its use? Participants are evaluated based on their oral presentation, material utilization, enthusiasm, attention to detail, originality and motivation for participation. Local winning projects proceed to a regional competition, offering the opportunity for advancement to the national level.
NAWIC Greater Omaha promotes and supports women’s success in the construction industry through education, networking and advocacy. For more information about Block Kids or NAWIC, please visit www.nawicomaha.org.