The Secondary Schools Construction Management Competition (SSCMC)
The Secondary Schools Construction Management Competition (SSCMC) was developed in 2016 by the NAHB Student Chapters to provide value to local home builders associations (HBAs) as well as to high school students interested in residential construction. The SSCMC was developed to be run by local HBAs, following a template that was developed and pilot-tested by consultants working with NAHB Student Chapters staff. The SSCMC is a 3-hour competition that involves residential plan-reading and quantity take-off skills. It is separate and distinct from the NAHB national competition for secondary schools and associate degree programs that is run annually at the International Building Show.
The objectives for the Secondary School Construction Management Competition are:
- To provide high school students with an opportunity to develop and showcase residential plan-reading and quantity take-off skills;
- To provide local HBAs a venue for identifying and interacting with high school students who may wish to enter the residential construction field; and,
- To expose high school students to the supervisory and management skills needed in residential construction.
Middle School Lesson Plans Promoting Careers in Construction
NAHB partnered with the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University to create lesson plans that building professionals can use to encourage interest in construction careers at the middle school level (5th-8th grades).
The goals of each lesson plan are to engage the students, fit in a teacher’s required curriculum and be applicable for schools across the United States. Each lesson plan includes a hands-on activity where students apply the math and science principles being taught.
To facilitate a building professional entering a classroom and teaching a class, these lesson plans were written to fit within the specific curriculum that is covered in each grade and to be applicable in as many states as possible.
The broadest set of education standards are found in the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). The CCSSI has produced core standards in math and language arts that have been adopted in 48 states. The CCSSI were used for the math lesson plans. For science, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were used, which have the broadest adoption across states for science curriculum.
Since each state and the school districts in those states will vary in how their curriculum is developed, building professionals seeking to offer a lesson should consult with the school principal to identify where a lesson will be most appropriate.
In addition to the lesson plan, a detailed script of what a builder would want to say and do during the lesson also is provided, along with the necessary student handouts.