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NAWIC Block Kids: The Future of Construction


The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has a wonderful program to nurture the future construction industry professional for children in 1st – 6th grade called Block Kids. The Greater Phoenix Chapter recently held their Block Kids competition at the Encanto Elecmentary School with over 50 young builders creatively assembling project models (done without BIM) using 100 building blocks, 1 sheet of construction paper, a piece of tin foil, a rock and a string. As a NAWIC member I was fortunate enough to participate in the judging along with my peers.

The merits of the projects including the construction designer’s description of what they built and the reason why they built it. These stories involved alarms to keep out thieves, a rock representing the safe where all the cancer donations are stored in the basement of a hospital and a sophisticated system of protecting endangered species from humans and danger. Obviously all the children have vivid imaginations, but I can’t help but think how much of their personal experiences are reflected in their construction project stories.

Here are some of the moments captured during the Block Kids event:



If you would like to participate by sponsoring this event next year in Phoenix, or in your city across America, please contact your local NAWIC chapter or



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  1. National Association of Women in Construction is good information. so useful in life and interesting.

  2. carolhagen says:

    Yes, NAWIC is a wonderful network here in the US and extends to sisters in Australia, the UK & Ireland and throughout the world CAWIC in Canada, SAWIC in South Africa. Let’s hope all women in construction get connected! Always great to hear from friends across the pond.

  3. Techware says:

    Activities like this are amazing. When I was growing up I competed in lego robotics competitions, and the challenge to design and build was both fun and very intellectually stimulating. Keep up the good work, these activities are are so awesome and so beneficial.

  4. Trina says:

    Hi Carol
    NAWIC is in New Zealand as well! I am on the national council and we are about to launch in Christchurch to help with the rebuild of Christchurch after the devastating earthquake 2 years ago. Great blog!

  5. carolhagen says:

    Hopefully one day I can visit and see all the great work you accomplish in the rebuild of Christchurch

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