Students learn about construction industry through friendly competition

KASSON, Minn. (KTTC) –  Fourth graders in Kasson put their creativity and lego skills to the test in a friendly competition.

Rochester’s chapter of The National Association of Women in Construction hosted its annual “Block Kids” event Monday at Kasson-Mantorville Elementary School.

The students were tasked with building any kind of structure using just 100 legos, some string, aluminum foil, and construction paper.

The chapter has this event at a different elementary school each year.

The goal is to introduce the construction field to young people as the industry faces a worker shortage.

“It’s always been pushed that you have to go to school, have to go to school, have to go to school,” said Jessi Hanson, who organizes NAWIC’s Block Kids event. “Four year, two year, but there is a career out there where you don’t have to attend a school so to get the construction industry known to students at a young age, to get them exposed to that, is crucial.”

People from the local construction industry served as judges to select the best structure.

The winner gets to move on to a regional competition.

Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien

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