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April 16, 2025


Join students from throughout southern Missouri to 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 students considering degrees in the construction or design industry in southwest Missouri? The local Build My Future Collaborative has up to $10,000 in scholarships available!

The Southwest Missouri Build My Future Board of Directors 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. 

Complete the online 2025 School Registration Form by Friday, February 28. 


Career Pathways

Before you attend, you might want to explore the many career pathways available in the construction and trades industry.  

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 participate in a brief safety talk led by safety professionals before entering the exhibit areas. Students must be freshman through seniors or the age equivalent. 

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

Due to safety, students MUST follow the following clothing guidelines to participate in the activities:

  • Wear the Build My Future t-shirt given to them when they arrive
  • Be wearing CLOSED TOE SHOES (no sandals, no crocs, no bedroom slippers)
  • Be wearing LONG PANTS
  • Use the safety glasses when instructed to do so
  • Use any additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required by the activity

Safety is always our number one concern. Students not following these guidelines will be unable to participate in many of the activities.

Additional questions? Email or call 417-862-1313.