KUSD students gain hands-on experience at building trade careers summer camp

Riley Construction hosted 30 excited Kenosha Unified School District students participating in the annual KUSD Building Trades Careers Summer Camp this week at our Kenosha Headquarters. The purpose of the camp is to teach students in 7th through 9th grade about careers in construction through hands-on learning. The program had over 90 applicants, reflecting substantial interest from the KUSD students. Riley set up 5 stations for students to practice carpentry, drywall, masonry, concrete, and hand tools. They learned about various careers in construction in addition to working in the trades, including accounting, project management, and safety.


The students were welcomed back for a second day where they focused on the importance of teamwork and were able to participate in games! Students put their math skills to work as they played a game created by Riley’s Preconstruction Department using quotes from subcontractors to create an estimate for a shed. They also got to play different roles on a project team, acting as Superintendents, Project Managers, and Field Laborers to construct Lego buildings. Part of the team was able to see the building plans, while others could not, demonstrating the importance of communication in the construction industry.

Riley’s Construction Technology Department taught students to use a laser scanner to generate a 3D point-cloud of a building. The scanner captured millions of data points and combined the scans into a single 3D deliverable that could be used to document existing conditions. The students also used a Robotic Total Station to mark points based on a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawing and performed a fun layout activity, creating chalk lines between the points to recreate the KUSD logo.

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