ORLANDO, FL, June 1, 2019: NEF – NAWIC Education Foundation recently named their 2018-2019
Block Kids Building Competition National winners. Many creative projects were submitted this year
at Block Kids events across the country making it very difficult for this year’s judges to choose a
Voted as this year’s 1st place winner from NAWIC’s Northeast Region and sponsored by
Wilmington, DE Chapter #96, Noah Weston, 4th grader from Middletown, DE built a “flying solar
powered aircraft” that processes dirty air into clean air. Weston also constructed a solar powered
storage shed for the aircraft “so that it is always charging” and stated his project is designed to
help with air pollution. He notes that it could be used at factories, refineries or any plants that
cause air pollution. Weston wants to be a Paleontologist when he grows up.
2019’s 2nd place winner from NAWIC’s South Atlantic Region and sponsored by Asheville, NC Chapter
154, Benjamin Kramer, is a 5th grader from Old Fort, NC. His project was a spiral magnetic
generator with a battery and a cable going to a house/charging station. Kramer wants to “maybe be a
designer like my Dad”.
From NAWIC’s South Central Region and sponsored by San Antonio, TX Chapter 11, Phoenix Chin, 5th
grader from San Antonio, TX, was chosen as this year’s 3rd place winner. Chin constructed an art
coliseum/gallery to house art projects by both adults and children. Chin wants to be an
archaeologist when she grows up and stated she enjoyed the competition as it allowed her to be
NEF’s Block Kids Building Competition is a National competition that is sponsored on the local
level by NAWIC Chapters and other organizations. The award-winning program is open to grades K-6
and introduces children to the construction industry in an effort to create awareness and promote
careers in the industry.
The NAWIC Education Foundation was founded in 1972 by volunteers from the National
Association of Women in Construction who saw a need for quality training programs in the
construction industry. Based in Orlando, FL, NEF is responsible for administering a variety of K-12
programs that help educate today’s youth to pursue construction careers. In addition, NEF offers a
full range of self- study courses for adults. NEF maintains partnering agreements with various
education-related organizations that allow it to expand its offerings of educational courses, many
of which are offered online. NEF is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) 3 non-profit educational
foundation to which tax- deductible contributions can be made.
The core purpose of the NAWIC Education Foundation is to educate the construction industry today …
and tomorrow. Its goals are to provide quality education programs for the construction industry and
to promote the benefits of a career in the industry. For additional information about NEF,
including its educational courses, go to www.nef-edu.org, send an e-mail to email@example.com or
call (866) 277-2883.
ORLANDO, FL, May 16, 2019 – NEF – NAWIC Education Foundation is pleased to announce their winners for this year’s National Design Drafting Competition, formerly known as CAD/Design/Drafting Competition. Each year NEF offers this program through efforts of tireless NAWIC volunteers working with schools and other organizations in order to promote this program.
Each year entries are evaluated for detail, accuracy and originality of work. Contestants are judged at the local level initially and the local winner’s entry is submitted for Regional then finally National competition. The 2018-2019 design project was a “High Speed Study Zone”, a safe space for students to go to in the evening that will allow them to access a high-speed internet connection for studying and completing schoolwork.
For this year’s project, specific details were mandatory for the “High Speed Study Zone”. Students must be able to access this space during and after school hours. The study zone required two entrances: one for everyone to regularly use, and one designated as an emergency exit. All parts of the space must comply with ADA accessibility requirements.
This year’s High School winners are as follows:
1st Place: Isaac Vera, 12th grade – NAWIC Pacific Southwest Region – El Paso Chapter #248
2nd Place: Clayton Rettig, 11th grade – NAWIC Southeast Region – Atlanta Chapter #49
NEF was founded in 1972 by volunteers from NAWIC who saw a need for quality training programs in the construction industry. Based in Orlando, FL, NEF is responsible for administering a variety of K-12 free programs that help educate today’s youth to pursue construction careers. In addition, NEF offers a full range of construction industry self-study courses. NEF is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) 3 non-profit educational foundation to which tax-deductible contributions can be made.
The core purpose of NEF is to educate the construction industry today … and tomorrow. Its goals are to provide quality education programs for the construction industry and to promote the benefits of a career in the industry. For additional information about NEF, including its educational courses, go to www.nef-edu.org, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (866) 277-2883.
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Congratulations to NEF’s CAD / Design / Drafting National Competition winners! This year’s competition was filled with many highly competitive projects making our judge’s duty to select winners that much more difficult.
NEF would like to thank all NAWIC Chapter and Region representatives for their time and dedication to this program. Without their participation along with that of our school administrators who have added this program into their curriculum, this National competition would not be successful in continuing NEF’s mission of educating the construction industry today…and tomorrow!