The iBuild Showcase is an annual exposition and one of the major events which brings students together for an opportunity to actively connect with industry professionals. Students learn how they might choose their fields of endeavor. This program demonstrates the wide array of careers that are connected to the construction industry. These include skilled craftsmen, architects, engineers, CAD technicans, marketing, accounting, construction managers, just to name a few.

During the last five years, averages of 1,000 or more students attend each year, with 30 to 40 percent young women and approximately 50% minorities. Participating students represent all the school districts in the Kansas City metropolitan area.


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Comments about iBuild are from a survey:

At iBuild I learned:

  • There are lots of opportunities for women in construction.
  • About how to paint and do texture, lay brick, and walk the beam.
  • About the crane, bobcat, backhoe, and bulldozer.
  • About heavy equipment and that it is serious work.
  • About solar panels and fluorescent light bulbs give out less heat.
  • About how to save energy and about solar panels.
  • Safety is important when working in construction.
  • You need math skills in the construction industry.

After attending iBuild:

  • I appreciate what the people in construction do.
  • I have a lot more respect for what they do.
  • There are a lot of career options in construction.
  • People in the construction industry can make good money.
  • What the people in construction do is important.
  • Construction industry sounds more interesting because I learned more about it.

At iBuild, I liked:

  • Getting to actually paint, lay bricks, and trying the MoDOT drunk goggles.
  • Learning about the I- beam and the solar panel display.
  • Getting to use the bucket truck, the crane, the back hoe, the bobcat, the backhoe, and the lift.


iBuild 2017 Contest Winners

NICE-KC is proud to host iBuild each year, and support youth looking to build a brighter tomorrow.  Here are the 6th, 7th and 8th grade winners (based on total points) for iBuild 2017 contests.  Certificate winners based on outstanding projects are also listed below each grade category.

6th Grade


1. Central Middle School KCKS won for their GreenTop Project.
2. Central Middle School KCKS won for The Raintop Project.
3. Center Middle School won for The Green Fun Space Project.


Most Creative Project (Box Top): Basehor Linwood Middle School - Water Warriors
Best Feasibility Study (Notebook): Central Middle School - Awesome Squad Sunflower Park
Best Green Entertainment Patio: Boys & Girls Club - Girls Green Space
Best Green Landscape Plan: Oak Hill Day School - Be Green
Best Rain Garden: Central Middle School - Spring Garden
Best Rooftop Garden: Oak Hill Day School - Green Machine

7th Grade


1. Basehor Linwood Middle School won for their Tipton Complex.
2. Center Middle School won for their Tipton's Space Place
3. Center Middle School won for The Great Tipton Escape!


Best Design Display: Camdenton Middle School - Tipton's World of Fun
Best Use of a Survey: Oakhill Day School - Tipton Mall
Best Use of a Scientific Element: Center Middle School - Tipton's Puzzle
Best Landscape Plan: St. Charles - Tipton's Backyard Extravaganza
Best Feasibility Study (Report): Hickman Mills Middle School - Tipton Skywalker Park

8th Grade


1. Nodaway-Holt RVII won for their Imagine Project.
2. Basehor Linwood Middle School won for their Basehor Community Center Park Project.
3. Code (HMCSD-1) won for The Mills Project.


Most Environmentally Friendly: Nodaway - Holt RVII - Imagine Project
Best Design of Community Center: St. Charles - Bounce Back
Best Landscape Plan: Center Middle School - Narwhal Muffins Inc.
Best Set of Blueprints: Center Middle School - Entaria Inc.
Best Feasibility Study: Basehor Linwood Middle School - Beginners Luck


Thanks to all the participating schools.  We hope to see you all again next year!

View some great photos of iBuild 2017, including some of the winning teams here!