On January 20th, Honolulu students competed in the annual National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Block Kids Building Competition at Moanalua Elementary School. This competition is sponsored by the Honolulu chapter of NAWIC, and is part of a national program that introduces elementary school students to the construction industry. Participants are responsible for creating a structure with Legos, string, foil, and cardboard, and to conduct an oral interview describing their structures.
This year’s Honolulu Chapter Block Kids Building Competition drew 52 participants, whose structures were judged by NAWIC members, construction industry professionals, area legislators, and STEM teachers. The 2016 student award winner was Nicole Patague, who created a solar-powered space station. Nicole’s structure will be submitted as Hawaii’s entrant in the NAWIC Southwest Pacific Regional Competition to compete with other regional finalists for advancement to the national competition.
We extend a hearty mahalo nui loa to NAWIC Block Kids committee chairs Michelle Sakamoto and Darlean Kiyokane, and Moanalua Elementary School Principal Lynda Galera for coordinating this event, and extend Congratulations and best wishes to Nicole as she advances to the regional level!