Giving students a concrete education was one of the goals behind the "Building a New World" project, held recently in Tampa, Fla., for nearly 2,000 schoolchildren. The project was created to get 4th through 9th grade schoolchildren excited about math and science and, hopefully, a career in construction, manufacturing, or engineering. The long-term goal is that, once inspired, the future engineers will go on to create more American manufacturing companies and boost the country's global economic health.
Children involved in the project helped construct a 42-foot-diameter globe, saw a demonstration on how a concrete block wall is built, got a close-up view of a ready-mix truck, and attended laboratory sessions to learn how concrete is made. The globe was surrounded by educational kiosks that presented educational and fun information on concrete.