NAWIC Block Kids contest held

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 11:01 AM

The Durham Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) held its  annual Block Kids Contest at E.K. Powe Elementary School in Durham Feb. 22.

Eighteen children who participated from the first grade class of Gina-Marie DiMeza. They had a great time building their projects, which had to relate to the construction industry.

The children had 40 minutes to build a structure with interlocking micro-blocs, and choose three out of four items: string, paper, foil or rock.

Isaiah Heinz (far right) was the 1st place winner building a beach house with a rock that serves as an anchor during coastal storms. The second place winner was Kevin Santos (middle) who built a construction helicopter that is used instead of cranes, i.e. lifting air-conditioning units to the roof of taller buildings. Gracie Gales was the 3rd place winner (far left) who built a house for her family to live in.

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 winning project will be entered in the regional competition (Region 11), which consists of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Coastal Georgia. There are 13 chapters in Region 11 and the winner’s project will compete against the other chapter’s projects, and that winner will go to the national competition.

The three judges for the contest were Eric Danielson – owner/master carpenter of EWD Handyworks; Billy Higgins, superintendent at Lend Lease Construction Inc.; and Teresa Maness, project administrator at Skanska USA Building. 

This national building contest is held to introduce children to the construction industry in an effort to create awareness of the many job opportunities the industry has to offer. For further information about NAWIC or the Block Kids Contest email