This year, the Oklahoma City chapter of the National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) brought a program to Positive Tomorrows called Block Kids. Block Kids uses a hands-on, creative approach to introduce students to the construction industry.
“The Block Kids program is such a fun way to introduce children to the opportunities that construction holds for all different types of people,” said Megan Woolverton, a member of NAWIC. “The ladies of NAWIC love the opportunity to share and learn from the students young minds approach to construction.”
Students in Positive Tomorrows’ 4th-5th grade classroom were each given 100 interlocking blocks, a small rock, string, foil, a poster board,and one hour to build a project that was in some way related to the construction industry.
Volunteers with NAWIC then interviewed each student about his or her project and scored them, selecting a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner. In addition to the program, NAWIC members brought each child a bag full of goodies and presented the classroom with several LEGO sets for them to keep.
The winner, Isaac, created a machine that broke down rocks to create gravel. His project will go on to compete in Regionals, where winners will be announced mid-March.
It was a very memorable day for students who had a blast learning about different careers in the construction industry. We are so grateful for the volunteers from NAWIC who made our kids feel so special, while bringing STEM programming to our school.
Interested in working with our students? We are always looking for volunteers. Learn more today!