Each winter, Chapter 160 hosts a Block Kids building competition to promote awareness of the various professions/trades within the construction industry. The event is open to 60 children who are divided into grade levels, kindergarten through sixth. Each child who participates is given 100 Mega building blocks in various sizes and three $100 bills in play money to purchase string, rocks, or aluminum foil to build a construction related project of their choosing. The children are given one hour to complete their projects, which are then judged by area volunteers from a variety of construction related fields. A winner is selected from each grade level, as well as one overall winner. Each winner receives a medal and a prize. The overall winner’s project is then sent on for regional judging and a chance to advance to the national competition.
Participation in the Block Kids building competition is free but registration is required. To register for one of this year’s 60 openings, please see the PDF link below.