The Block Kids program was created in 1990 to introduce children in grades K5 through 6th grade to the construction industry. Since launching the program more than 300,000 children have participated. Kids are given a maximum of one hour to build a construction themed project. The participants are given 100 blocks & they may use 1 or more of the following 4 items - rock, string, foil, or cardboard. The objective is for each participant to build a project that is in some way related to the construction industry.
Once completed, industry professional judges will ask the kids about their project. Projects are judged on creativity, enthusiasm, oral presentation, use of materials, attention to detail and reason for participating.
The first place project of the NAWIC Milwaukee event advances forward to the regional competition, and possibly to the national level. Prizes are awarded to winners at each level.