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Expo Gives Missouri Students Construction Experiences

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A Missouri event gave high school students the chance to experience construction work
A Missouri event gave hundreds of high school students the chance to experience construction work.

Some 900 high school students from 28 Mid-Missouri schools tried their hands at various construction industry practices at the Build My Future career expo held at the Jefferson City, Missouri, Jaycees Fairgrounds.

Sponsored by the Associated General Contractors of Missouri and the Home Builders Association of Central Missouri, the event gave students the opportunity to spend a day in the construction industry, featuring educational displays, equipment operations, and learning labs with large and small construction equipment from 41 industry exhibitors.

Detailed in a report by the Jefferson City News Tribune, students participated in about five hours of hands-on activities, such as carpentry, surveying, welding, stamping concrete, mixing concrete and asphalt, drilling, hammering, stapling, framing, constructing computer parts, building fire pits, and completing a residential construction obstacle course.

Students also operated heavy equipment, using it to pick up tennis balls, place basketballs in trash cans, maneuver around cones, knock down bowling pins, and scoop up gravel and bricks.

Source Jefferson City News Tribune