NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION
GREATER TIDEWATER CHAPTER 137
The 2014 Block-Kids competition is scheduled for January 31 at Pendleton Child Services Center in Virginia Beach. We usually have 20 to 25 students participate. We give each child a "goodie bag" which is a canvas tote bag containing small items suitable for grades 1 through 6. In preparation for the competition we solicit donation of these items such as crayons, pencils, markers, colored pencils, erasers, rulers, note pads of all sizes, any items suitable for children grades 1 through 6. I usually make a trip to Dollar Tree where I buy the 10 foot measuring tapes to add to the bag so there is a construction type item included. One year I actually found small torpedo levels. If anyone knows a vendor who wants to provide something like this, please let me know. If you have questions about goodie bag items, please call me and if you are able to get items donated I will gladly come to your office and pick them up. This year we also need baseball caps. For years we have been getting caps from various companies that we give to the children at the end of the competition. Last year we used up our entire supply.
The committee volunteers will meet at Pendleton at 8:00 am on Friday, January 31 in the cafeteria. The students will arrive at 9:00 am ready to start. They will be given 100 Lego blocks and 1 hour to build their building. We will have judges from various construction companies in the area who will decide on the winners. The competition is complete and we are cleaned up and ready to go by noon. If you are already a committee member, please let me know if you will be able to be at the school to help out on January 31. If you are not already a committee member and are interested please call me. We will have a meeting in January (date and place to be announced) to sort the goodie bag items and fill the bags.
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Block Kids 2014
The Block-Kids Building Program is a national building program competition that is sponsored on the local level by NAWIC chapters and other organizations.
The award winning program introduces children to the construction industry in an effort to create an awareness of and to promote an interest in future careers in one of the many facets of the industry.
The program is open to all elementary school children in grades 1-6.
The competition involves the construction of various structures with interlocking blocks and three of the following additional items: a small rock, string, foil, and poster board. Local winners advance to Regional competition, and one semi-finalist from each region is entered in the National Program competition.
National prizes are awarded to the top three projects.