Quest Kids Build a future in construction


The National Association of Women in Construction hoped to encourage Quest students to pursue a career in construction at a Block Kids Building Contest Feb. 1.

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National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) held its annual Block Kids Building Contest at Quest Elementary School Saturday, Feb. 1, giving 97 students through grade six inspiration to possibly “Build a Future In Construction.”

The event challenged students to use their math, critical thinking and problem solving skills to create a relevant construction industry project. Contestants were required to complete the project on their own, to work within a specific amount of time and utilize approved materials only.  

“It was our goal that the Block Kids contest introduced 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 for girls and boys,” said Terri Holmes, project co-chair and treasurer for the NAWIC Space Coast Chapter, and construction estimator and officer of Titusville general contractor David Boland, Inc.

“It is my personal belief that women naturally possess many of the characteristics that are valued in this work, such as attention to detail and communication skills, but it is difficult for girls to imagine a future in the industry if they don’t first see women filling these roles.”

Chartered in 1996, NAWIC Space Coast Chapter meets for networking and dinner at 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at the Holiday Inn Viera. 

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