AEM Construction Challenge--Chicago Regional Rally

Program Description, The AEM Construction Challenge, sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and presenting sponsor Volvo Construction Equipment, is a one-day event requiring only 6-8 hours of pre-event research on infrastructure issues: roads, bridges, drinking water, and sewers. On Jan 15, 2011, 50 teams at 8 locations (Chicago, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Seattle, Toronto, Enid OK, and Dallas) will compete in 3 hands-on challenges designed and managed by Destination ImagiNation.

Challenge 1: Hands-on transportation infrastructure. Challenge 2: Hands-on water infrastructure. Challenge 3: Teams present research on a local infrastructure problem. Teams bring a small tool kit and all other materials are provided. Work is done at the Rally with lots of energy and excitement building throughout the day.

The Challenge for high school students introduces the students to the construction sector as a career choice. It has been put together to help deal with a drastic skills shortage expected as early as 2012 in the sector. Unlike other "engineering" or "science" events, the Construction Challenge is based on students developing and using their creativity, teamwork and problem solving skills. This ensures the event is rewarding and fun for all students, not only for those who excel in math and science, and it represents a more complete picture of the entire spectrum of skills necessary in the construction sector.

The top teams are invited to the Championship Finals held in Las Vegas during the largest North American construction conference in March 2011. Winning teams raise money for their flights to/from Vegas, while their industry sponsor pays for the Championship Finals and the team accommodations and most meals.

Team registration is $125 (USD), and consists of 5-7 high school students with one adult manager. Schools, youth groups, neighborhoods, homeschool groups, etc.

can register directly at (Teams register for the Regional Rally most convenient for them.)

Each Rally can only accommodate 50 team - so register soon to ensure your team's spot at the January 15, 2011 Regional Rally.

I would love to see a Chicago Rally team win the final challenge!

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148 W Lincoln Ave
Libertyville, IL 60048
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Destination ImagiNation
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Rally Leader
148 W Lincoln Ave
Libertyville, IL
United States
Phone: 8476824093
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working with similar organizations
working with K-12 schools
working with informal organizations
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curriculum development
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girls interested in STEM
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low income
high school
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