The 2021 Virtual iBuild Showcase will be “LIVE” for everyone to take part in from 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 22 through 11:00 p.m. on Friday, April 23.  I hope that you and your students will choose to participate and allot enough time for them to experience all of the exhibitors’ content if they so choose.  Since this is a virtual event this year, we are not held to the confines of a five hour event as when we gather at Bartle Hall. Students that have the inclination to examine all of the exhibits and earn a greater number of certificates (which earn them more chances in the drawings for cash prizes), will have the time to complete the challenge.  

Students, as well as all other participants, need to go to the new Online Learning section of the NICE website to create an account, so they will be able to access the iBuild exhibits both when they are at school and at home. It is best to create an account ahead of the event date so you are fully ready to view the content.  The direct link to be able to create an account is

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

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