Challenging children about construction

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers announced the formation of the National Construction Challenge, a youth-oriented critical thinking and creative problem-solving competition that AEM has developed in partnership with experts at Destination ImagiNation Inc.

The National Construction Challenge is part of AEM’s ongoing efforts to attract the best and brightest young people into the construction industry. The challenge will focus on three areas: awareness of construction-related jobs, construction equipment and manufacturing, and infrastructure awareness.

AEM is urging member companies and others in the construction industry to sponsor teams of high school students to participate in the challenge finals. Each sponsor receives promotion opportunities related to the challenge. The Challenge includes six regional events to be held across the United States in January 2008. Winning teams qualify to participate in the National Construction Challenge finals competition, to be held March 2008 during AEM’s international CONEXPO-CON/AGG exposition in Las Vegas.

To further promote the construction industry to young people, AEM is also sponsoring the 2007 “global finals” of Destination ImagiNation’s “team challenges” program, in particular the “Direct Flight” challenge. In this event, teams create aircraft and mechanisms to raise and release them. The teams perform aerial maneuvers with their craft, then successfully land them in designated landing zones. The finals for this challenge will occur in May 2007 at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

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