The iBuild Showcase allows students and their teachers the best overview of the construction industry in a single venue. Attendees get to participate in a variety of hands-on activities as they interact with dozens of exhibitors. Teachers and students receive information about the construction industry from the website and the program booklet. Teachers are able to use this material to prepare students both before, and to review after, attending iBuild. This information includes the importance of the career opportunities within the construction industry, and career path options. A primary focus of the iBuild Showcase is to provide information about the various skilled trades. Teachers and students are asked to complete a survey after they attend iBuild. In addition to schools from throughout the metropolitan region, participating schools come from a 3-hour radius to participate.
Another valuable experience for students while at iBuild is the exposure to several colleges and universities in the four-state region. High school seniors are able to meet with apprenticeship training directors of their choice, as well as various contractors – all seeking new members for their workforce.
At iBuild, I learned…
There are a lot more opportunities for women in construction
How to paint and do texture, lay brick, and walk the beam
About cranes, bobcats, backhoes, and bulldozers
Heavy equipment is serious work
Solar panels and fluorescent light bulbs give out less heat
How to save energy when building infrastructure
Safety is critical in construction and skilled trades
Math skills matter in the construction
After attending iBuild…
I appreciate what the people in construction do.
I have a lot more respect for construction workers.
There are more career options in construction than I thought.
Construction workers make good money.
Construction work is very important.
I know more about skilled trades
I have a better understanding of what a labor union is
My favorite part of iBuild was…
Getting to actually paint, lay bricks, and try 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
Talking to so many different types of construction companies
Seeing and trying out construction equipment