Detroit middle & high school students experience one of the best school field trips of the year: The 10th annual Construction Science Expo! Working alongside skilled labor apprentices and trainers and using their problem-solving strategies in construction design, they should visually and physically see why these types of occupations in this industry are growing faster than all others at a rate that is expected to continue through 2026*.
Over 9,000 students have been invited to this annual hands-on expo over the last 10 years through the Detroit schools “Navigation to Success” Program run by the Black Caucus Foundation, with more than 50 activities presented by over 25 industry professionals. An Expo that Doug Needham, President of the Michigan Aggregates Association and committee co-leader, says is “the avenue where we have consistently brought together both skilled trades and construction design industry experts to create a pathway to future employment for these young people. We are invested in their future and ours.”
The Student Experience:
- Operate heavy machinery like mini-excavators and a top-of-the-line Spydercrane.
- Work with 12-inch trowels, grout, and bricks alongside bricklayers and mason apprentices.
- Rivet steel with full-size power tools
- Build bridges using CAD 3D software
- Challenge skilled carpenters in a nail driving contests and learn about tool safety
Held annually at the MI Science Center, transportation and labor skills are identified through MDOT’s Road to Work program, the latest technology and current standards are showcased by civil and design engineers and students will get to operate excavators, cranes or use heavy machinery simulators, to inspire them to plan for a future with one of the many participating employers, engineering companies, union training centers, associations and colleges that work together to create the big picture of this well-paying and high demand industry.
Learn more about the Construction Science Expo and how your company or organization can get involved with teaching the construction workers of tomorrow!