Middle to High School Curriculum & Activities

Career Exploration Websites

National Bureau of Labor Statistics

This resource offers a vast website of economic and job information – it also has a career exploration tool just for kids.

http://www.bls.gov/k12/index.htm

BuildingYourCareer.com

The Pierce County Construction Partnership has a terrific search engine of local jobs, apprenticeships and training opportunities.

http://www.buildingyourcareer.com?Wc26c2b2946fal.htm 

Get Smart! Kids

The Associated General Contractors of Washington Education Foundation has terrific search engines specifically for kids, parents and teachers.

http://www.agcwa.com/public/education/k12.asp 

Ideas for Individual or Class Projects

Beyond Blueprints: A Kids Education Center for Careers in Design and Construction

This link from houseplansandmore.com offers resources to teach kids about careers in design and construction, and the important people involved in creating all the structures that amaze you.  Beyond Blueprints

Go Green

The Seattle-based Homewaters Project offers a range of cool programs for teachers, including Neighborhood Green Mapping, which is a great tool to learn about the sustainable features and problems in your city or neighborhood.

http://www.homewatersproject.org/

Chain Reaction

Arizona State University’s website provides a range of lessons and activities that make critical links between urban planning, sustainability and pollution reduction in construction.

http://chainreaction.asu.edu/ecology/tools/

Homework Ideas

Picture Gallery — Gather current pictures of constructions workers on the job, or put together a historical gallery showcasing local or even national construction growth.

Neighborhood Watch – Nearly every community in our state is expanding with residential and commercial projects. Ask kids (with parent help) to locate a nearby project, and in journal-style entries, record its progress towards completion over two weeks. How was the work done? What kinds of academic and technical skills would a construction worker need to build something safely and accurately? Help students learn how to write a sequential report using a construction project as a guide.

Shoebox Building – Students of all ages can gain problem-solving skills when given hands-on application. Using a shoebox as the restricted area, ask students to build the interior of a house, or use the space to design a lot, building, or even a park. The project should be designed at scale, so students can relate measurements to livable space.

Go to Your Room! – Ask students to measure the dimensions of their bedroom, or another room in their house, and calculate the square footage. If building codes require studs to be in place every 16 inches, how many studs should be in each wall?