By Matthew Straub, Marketing Coordinator at Straub Construction
One of our favorite days of the year at Straub Construction is the day we get to bring our kids to work. It gives them a chance to see what mommy and daddy do every day. This year, Bring Your Kids to Work Day was jam packed with a bunch of activities from different departments at Straub.
Here’s a look back at some of those activities.
The first activity that the kids participated in was a Quantity Takeoff with our Estimating Department. In this activity, the young estimators looked at project plans and tallied up a list of items within the plans. These items included things such as fireplaces, toilets, bathroom sinks, fire extinguisher closets, water fountains, etc. This activity showed the kids just a few things that the estimating department does on a daily basis and tested their attention to detail.
Following the estimating activity, the kids got to spend some time with the Marketing Department. During this time, the kids all went outside to watch a drone flight and got to see what the drone sees when it’s hundreds of feet in the air. Following the flight, we went inside and watched the drone video, where the kids got some good laughs watching themselves dance around on the video.
After Marketing, the young employees moved into the Project Management Department. This was another fun activity, where the kids build bridges using just Dots (candy) and toothpicks. After building the bridges, they were all tested to see how much weight they could hold before breaking. Two of the bridges could withstand the weight of the small stapler and tape dispenser, but none of them were any match for the heavy-duty stapler.
Once the Project Management activity was complete the group took a quick break for some pizza. After everybody was full, it was time to get out on a job site. It was a perfect day to do this because there was a concrete pour going on at St. Paul’s Catholic Church so the kids got to enjoy watching the machines and people at work.
The final event of the day was an especially fun one because the kids were provided with some materials that had been measured and cut, and they got to learn a little bit of carpentry. With the help of their parents, the young carpenters assembled a bunch of boxes for the game Washers. Additionally, they spray painted their washers whatever color they wanted. This was a great learning experience for the kids and now they all have a fun game to play that they built themselves.
Thank you again to everyone that helped out with this great event. And a special thanks to all the awesome kids who were so eager to participate and learn. This was another great year for Bring Your Kids to Work Day and we can’t wait until it comes around again next year!