9th Annual Construction Science Expo - May 21, 2019

Construction Science Expo

The 9th Annual Construction Science Expo is introducing Detroit middle and high school students to the construction and engineering industry through a day of hands-on and interactive exploratory experiences and conversations. The event was founded in 2011 in partnership with the Black Caucus Foundation, MITA, ACEC and the Operating Engineers 324 and was established to inform kids that being a skilled laborer remains a highly-valued profession. Overall, the Construction Science Expo has touched more than 8,000 kids through the years and has even helped provide job opportunities to those who are highly motivated and want to get their careers started right away.

On Tuesday, May 21st at the Michigan Science Center (5020 John R St., Detroit) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., roughly 1,000 eager students who have taken a drug-free pledge through the Black Caucus Foundation program, from the nine participating schools, will spend the day with industry leaders being exposed to engaging construction and engineering experiences and learning what it takes to become an industry professional. Importantly, the event is managed by a diverse coalition of businesses, associations and unions and receives assistance from generous sponsors, including the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Cadillac, ASCE and MUST Careers, among many others.

“We are honored to partner with great organizations at such an exciting event and hope to inspire the next generation of skilled tradesmen and women from right here in Detroit where so much great work is being done,” says Lee Graham, Executive Director of Operating Engineers 324. “These students can look at the progress taking shape in their communities, and we want to provide them the opportunity to learn how they can take part and build a rewarding future at the same time.”

The Construction Science Expo sponsors 1,000 Detroit Public School students participating in Black Caucus Foundation programs to attend this free event which encourages youth to consider working in construction skilled trades, engineering or design after graduation. At the Expo, student groups led by employer leaders, rotate in groups through hands-on activity stations highlighting skilled trades and engineering challenges as well as an emphasis on the importance of staying drug free, non-violent and to graduate from high school. 

They will:

● Operate heavy machinery like mini-excavators and a top-of-the line Spydercrane.
● Work with 12 inch trowels, grout and bricks along side 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.

Among the members of the coalition organizing the Construction Science Expo are multiple Michigan Construction partners. Including Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA), Michigan Concrete Association, Cadillac Asphalt, OE 324, the Asphalt Paving Association of Michigan, Pathway X Events and the Michigan Department of Transportation

Other sponsors include: The Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan, ACEC, AEW, ASCE, Levy Corp, LiUNA, MAA, OHM, HNTB & CBTS.

Learn more about the Construction Science Expo and how your company or organization can get involved with teaching the construction workers of tomorrow!

For more information, please visit www.constructionscienceexpo.com.

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