Programs & Events

NICE programs and events are constructed to increase awareness of young people, parents and educators to potential construction career fields including engineering, architecture, contracting and skilled trades.

The iBuild Showcase is an annual exposition, inviting metro area students to actively connect with construction and business-related trades, contractors, architects and engineering firms.  While at iBuild, students and teachers participate in hands-on activities such as a nail driving contest, bricklaying, computer-aided drafting and heavy equipment operation.

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.  

NICE is developing a series of webinar episodes that highlights the skilled trades as well as other contractors that are seeking the future workforce

A day where educators meet with apprenticeship instructors and directors to learn about career options, academic requirements and earning potential associated with these career paths. 

This competition provides recognition to students for creative design, successful problem solving, and craftsmanship in preparing architectural

Tools & Aids

Using community resources to support teaching and learning is a wonderful way to develop external partnerships and additional relationships. Here are a few helpful resources to get you started.

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