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Students from throughout southwest Missouri in Springfield, Missouri experience hands-on exhibits including activities representing:

  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Bricklaying
  • Heavy equipment operating
  • Lineman
  • Tile laying
  • Virtual reality simulation
  • Welding

And, more!

All schools are welcome—public, private, and home—to join the Springfield event. We have schools drive three hours, so we offer a variety of arrival times to accommodate travel time.

Do you have seniors considering degrees in the construction or design industry in southwest Missouri? The local Build My Future 501(c)3 has scholarships available!

The local Build My Future is now offering small grants of up to $500 for individuals entering the construction industry. The grants will help new hires (individuals employed in the construction industry 90 days or less) get the needed tools and safety equipment required on a job site. Items can include tools, work boots, safety equipment, toolboxes and more.

How to Register

Students, freshman through senior or age equivalent, must register through a school or parent/guardian. Register online at our Schools page by Friday, February 28, 2025.

Career Pathways

Do you have a child interested in attending or pursing a career in the industry? We encourage you to explore the many career pathways available in the construction and trades industry at  There are also links to area programs such as apprenticeship, certificate, two-year, and university level programs.


The Fine Print

All students will be given t-shirts and safety glasses to wear during the event, and all students/faculty will receive lunch. Check-in times are staggered to allow all students to watch a brief safety presentation by safety professionals before entering the exhibit area. Students must be freshman through seniors or the age equivalent. 

Students MUST wear long pants and closed toe shoes in order to participate in exhibits due to safety concerns. Safety is always our number one concern, so we urge you to encourage students to follow clothing requirements, wear the event t-shirts, and wear all necessary PPE throughout the event.

If you have students attending with dietary restrictions or who cannot be photographed, please email in advance to coordinate details.

Don’t live in southwest Missouri? There may be an event near you. Feel free to reach out to or call 417-862-1313 with additional questions.