Math for Real Life

By Benjamin Carey Today, I am part-owner of a custom design/build company, Build DCB, working with people who want to build their dream home. Our job starts by talking through a concept with our clients, then drawing and designing the plans, followed by estimating the...

Classroom Activity: Communication Skills Game

Materials and Preparation Two matching sets of LEGO building blocks with ten blocks and one base board in each set; using one set of blocks, build a random object using the ten blocks onto the base board Time 45 mins Group Size Minimum of four people, up to seven...

Communication Skills: Active Listening

Communication is everywhere and appears in many forms and formats. Verbal, nonverbal, written and images such as emojis and signage. Messages are conveyed face-to-face, on paper pages, over phone lines and on screens. All these forms of communication are how we give...

Ladder Safety Checklist

Here is a jobsite example: Ryan was applying sheetrock mud to a wall and was standing on the top rung of a 12-foot ladder. He lost his balance, fell to the concrete floor, and landed on his head. He suffered a major head injury. Ladders are involved in many accidents,...

Safety: Elevating Every Project

Every construction project requires the use of ladders or lifts. Because reaching elevated spots is necessary to the completion of a successful project, so are the rules for using ladders and lifts. Falls are one of the most common yet avoidable hazards in the...

Classroom Activity: Math Skills Answer Key

Use this answer key to help your students understand what’s required of them as they enter the construction industry. A builder is bidding on a house and is using the cost plus profit and overhead pricing model. Using 10% for profit and 5% for overhead, what would the...