VINTON–Maddie Glover, who has just completed fifth grade at Herman L. Horn Elementary School in Vinton, has been named the third place winner in the nation in the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Block Kids Building Program.
This is a national building competition whose purpose is to introduce children to the construction business and to promote future careers in the industry.
Glover won first place at HLH and then first place in the regional competition. One semi-finalist from each region was entered in the national competition.
The contest was open to 25 fifth graders at HLH. This is the second year Herman L. Horn students have participated in the competition.
Students were permitted to build the product of their choice, provided that it in some way related to the construction industry and would promote helping the eco-system.
Students were given Lego-type blocks for their construction project (a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 100) and a choice of three items or a combination of items from rock/stone, string, foil, and poster board. The student was allowed to break or tear the three selected items into smaller pieces, but no knives or scissors were allowed.
The competitors had a work area of four square feet, and a maximum of one hour to complete their project.
Judges also served as monitors during the contest to make sure the work was entirely the child’s.
Winners at the school level submitted photos and several forms, including an oral interview form on their project, to the regional competition and then to the national contest.
As national third place winner, Glover receives a $200 US Savings Bond.
Glover describes her project as “Trash into Gas,” and summarized its basic premise.
“You take trash and put it into containers,” said Glover. “Then take a heavy object and smash the trash, turning it into a liquid and then into a gas.”
She was recognized for her achievement by the Roanoke County School Board at their meeting on June 13, along with her parents, Eddie and Karenna Glover, and her principal at HLH, Susan Brown.
Her father describes Maddie as a “very creative kid” who loves sewing, music, art, and a wide range of other activities.
Glover will be a student at William Byrd Middle School in the fall.