2020 Winter Classroom Activity: Build It Right!

Calculate the brick needed for this project: There is an 8-foot-tall wall that is 40 feet long. There are no windows or doors on this wall. The entire wall will need brick veneer. There are 7 bricks per square foot. How many bricks will it take to brick the wall?...

2019 Fall Classroom Activity: Build It Right!

Math Equation: To figure slope of a pipe run you need to calculate rise over run. This is achieved by dividing the rise (being the change in y going up or down) by the run (being the change in x going from left to right). The slope is then usually presented as a...

Classroom Activity: Let’s Talk Safety

As simple as it sounds, safety is a matter of communicating with one another. In many cases, both at school and in the real world, if we speak out and let someone know when we see someone doing something wrong, we’re labeled a tattletale. As a class,  discuss how a...

Rewards to Being Injury Free – Why Safety Matters

By Matt Firestone We hear time and time again about companies who are given awards for their safety performance. The awards come from various sources, associations, insurance companies, owners and so on.  These awards should be shared with employees and celebrated....

Workplace Communication is Key

By Linda Potter There’s a time and a place for every type of communication at work – from texting to email and phone call to face to face. Linda Potter, Architectural Sales Representative at Watkins Concrete Block & Reimers Kaufman, has extensive experience...