Women in Construction host ‘Block Kids’ contest

May. 03, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

The Durham Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) held its annual Block Kids Building Contest at E.K. Powe Elementary School in Durham on March 14.

Nineteen children participated from the first-grade class of Gina-Marie DiMeza. A replica of E.K. Powe Elementary was built by Christian Hurtato, who won first place. Ann Dorrance, who designed a bridge with steps, water and a boat, won second place. Third place winner Rafael Sommerville also built a bridge.

The Block Kids program was created in 1990 to introduce children in grades 1 through 6 to the construction industry and to create awareness of the many job opportunities the industry has to offer. Since the program’s  launch, more than 300,000 children have participated nationwide. Local chapter winning entries advance to NAWIC regional competition, and one semi-finalist from each region is entered in the National Program competition.

The children had 40 minutes to build a structure with interlocking micro-blocs, and choose 3 out of 4 items: string, paper, foil or rock. They had a great time building their projects, which had to relate to the construction industry. Each child who participated received a certificate of participation, a carpenter’s apron, safety goggles, construction hardhat and a goody bag filled with various items.

The four judges for the contest were Eric Danielson, owner/master carpenter of EWD Handyworks; Jill King, pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church; Bill MacKay, safety manager at Skanska USA Building; and Emily Faber, assistant project manager at C.T.Wilson .

 For further information about NAWIC or the Block Kids Contest email pam.hoppmann@lendlease.com or go to nawic.org and http://nawicdurham.seaver.us.