Students from YouthBuild Public Charter School in D.C. recently toured the Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus construction project at the old Walter Reed Hospital site.
They came to the site as a part of a semester-long introduction to the various opportunities in construction. Students toured the job site and learned about different types of active trade work within the context of the schedule and sequence of the project. One of the hands-on learning opportunities, courtesy of Helix Electric, taught YouthBuild students about conduit cutting and bending, MC cable terminations, junction (1900) boxes and the role of electricians in a construction project.
Additionally, students met over lunch and spoke with other industry professionals, such as superintendents, trade foremen, laborers, and project managers. This breadth of professional introductions gave the students both a granular and a big-picture view of a complex construction project.
This YouthBuild field trip is a part of an ongoing effort by Smoot Construction to introduce high school students to career options within the architectural, construction, and engineering industry. Through office visits, job site tours, hands-on activities and discussions with industry professionals, students are exposed to a wide variety of opportunities.