Before the public was able to experience the Building Helena from the Ground Up event, fifth grade classes from around Helena were able to test drive the experience, and in some cases, literally. Students learned from a variety of construction and engineering community partners on topics from locating underground lines, to the Youth Build program, to the architectural process of building a library. Students were able to honk a horn in a dump truck – much to the chagrin of vendors and volunteers stationed right inside the door all day – and were able to learn the importance of saving, spending, and sharing their money.
Perhaps the most popular stop was a VR tour of the new Bryant Elementary School from Dick Anderson Construction. While one student was able to wander through halls, and into classrooms, gymnasium, and accidentally the boys bathroom, other students were able to follow along on a large monitor.
This event was planned an orchestrated by the Helena WINS program to give area students the opportunity to experience the construction industry first-hand.