BLOCK KIDS is held at Metropolitan Community College
2909 Edward Babe Gomez Ave
Industrial Training Center, Conference Center 120
Block Kids is a building competition created in 1990 to introduce grade school children to the construction industry. It is a national competition, hosted locally by NAWIC Chapters. Omaha has had several regional and national winners over the years.
Block Kids 2021 Chair:
Claire Andreesen - McCarthy Building Companies
Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Where: Virtually Via Zoom
Questions about registering, volunteering or donating to Block Kids?
ABOUT BLOCK KIDS:
Block kids is a national, annual event sponsored locally by the National Association of Women in Construction Greater Omaha Chapter #116. This is a FREE event for aimed to familiarize K-6th grade children with the construction industry in a fun setting.
Kids are given a maximum of one hour to use their blocks & selected items to build a project that is in some way related to the construction industry. Items used include:
100 interlocking blocks
Once completed, judges will interview participants about the project asking questions like: Why did you choose to build this project? What do you like about it? Is there anything you would change? How will it be used?
Projects are scored on oral presentation, use of materials, enthusiasm, attention to detail, creativity and reason for participation. Winning local projects will advance to a regional competition, with the chance to advance to nationals.
Our 2020 winner, Augustus, built a rock picker for moving huge rocks from place to place.
Our 2018 winner, Steve, built a renewable energy roadway. This would charge a battery using both solar energy and friction from passing cars. Thank you to Art of the Brick for providing free passes to our winners! UPDATE, Steve was our Midwest Region Winner!
Thank you to WOWT and Chase Moffitt for their coverage of Block Kids. Director Jody Duree gave three awesome interviews showing how NAWIC is empowering women to influence the direction of the construction industry by educating the future generation.
Block Kids featured on WOWT
Eric & Stacey Wilhelm
THANK YOU 2020 SPONSORS:
Our 2019 winner, Alexa, built a crane that was picking an art installment to the top of a house.
Great job Alexa!