About

The National Institute for Construction Excellence (NICE) was established in 1998 to design a construction education program which would increase awareness of the potential construction career fields of engineering, architecture, contracting and the skilled trades to young people, parents, and educators. NICE-KC is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization. The National Institute for Construction Excellence’s overall vision and goals are to:

  1. Develop our future workforce, emphasizing the educational requirements for future career success.
  2. Improve education, particularly science, engineering, math and technology for all young people.
  3. Desire to attract minorities and women to the career opportunities in construction, targeting urband students for future careers in architecture, engineering and construction.
  4. Change the perception of the construction industry among parents, educators, counselors and youth.
  5. Strengthen economic development in the community.

How is this accomplished? Simply put, we will provide the tools for teachers to educate Kansas City metropolitan school district students with the skills required to improve their math, science, and communication skills as they work both individually and in teams to understand and learn in the built environment.

The students will also have the knowledge to become successful professionals in construction-related careers. This is accomplished through an immerse project-based, industry-supported engineering and construction programs beginning at the sixth grade level and continuing through senior high.

 

 

NICE Educational Programs:

Crayons to CAD is an interactive, standards-based, middle school grade specific curriculum, which introduces students to the built environment as they construct “green” schools, or new baseball fields,  parks and community centers.  Math, Science, technology, engineering and communications are heavily embedded in the interactive, project-based program.  The experience culminates in a design-build competition showcased at NICE’s annual iBuild Showcase.

Crayons to CAD Teacher Training:  Meeting for middle school teachers interested in participating in Crayons to CAD at The Builders' Training Center. Crayons to CAD is an interactive, standards-based middle school grade specific curriculum which introduces students to the built environment as they construct “green” schools, or new baseball fields or parks and community centers. Math, Science, technology, engineering and communications are heavily embedded in the interactive, project-based program. The experience culminates in a design-build competition showcased at NICE’s annual iBuild Showcase. Schools may use the project without participating in the competition. Contact Greg Lever at greg@nice-kc.com, or call 816-474-0108 for additional information.

High School CAD Project/Competition is sponsored by the The National Institute for Construction Excellence and the National Association of Women in Construction. The competition provides recognition to students for creative design, successful problem solving and craftsmanship in preparing architectural drawings. Entries are evaluated for detail, accuracy and originality of work. The “Design Problem” provided is designed by a licensed Architect or Engineer and is generic enough to meet the needs of our area. Project drawings must include a minimum: a floor plan, exterior elevation and site plan and placement of structure. The winners will be recognized at the iBuild Showcase.

In The Fall - High school CAD teachers can request the latest Design Problem (that is designed by a licensed Architect or Engineer) for their students. The schools can participate in the competition on the local, regional and national levels, but it isn’t a requirement of using the design problem. Just register on line at www.nice-kc.com or contact Greg Lever at greg@nice-kc, or call 816-474-0108.

The iBuild Showcase is an annual construction industry career event held every spring; inviting thousands of students to actively connect with construction and business-related trades, architecture and engineering firms to meet these industry professionals and learn how they might choose their fields of endeavor.  Senior high school students are invited to interview, often with success, for internships.  Additional educational opportunities include apprenticeship, degree and scholarship programs. While at iBuild,students and teachers participate in hands-on activities such as: nail-driving contests, bricklaying, computer-aided drafting, and heavy equipment operation.

Educators’ Day at The Builders’ Association Training Center. Teachers and counselors will meet with apprenticeship instructors and directors to learn about career options, academic requirements, and earning potential associated with these career paths. Participants will also take part in hands-on activities.  More information is under the Teacher Resource tab. To register, contact Greg Lever at greg@nice-kc.com, or call 816-474-0108.

Seniors’ Day is for high school seniors, post-secondary students and their teachers. They will meet with apprenticeship instructors and directors to learn about career options, academic requirements, and earning potential associated with these career paths. Participants will also take part in hands-on activities. To register,contact Greg Lever at greg@nice-kc.com, or call 816-474-0108.