Bush Construction and the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois announced their “Build Like a Girl” workshop on Saturday, March 5 from 8:00 am to noon at is full. The workshop will offer 16 curious Girl Scouts in 6th – 12th grades the opportunity to build a bird house using blueprints and hand tools like tape measures, saws and hammers at Bush Construction’s warehouse (2902 Indian Road, Davenport).
Participants will earn their Woodworking Badge and a Fun Patch specially designed by Bush.
“I’m thrilled we’re partnering with the Girl Scouts, an organization that continually offers new ways for girls to learn about and explore the world, again to offer this widely popular workshop,” said Stephanie Hintermeister, Project Coordinator at Bush Construction. “Based on feedback from last year’s workshop, we learned it was the first time some participants ever stood at a workbench nonetheless used a hand tool. Because we pair each participant with a member of our construction team, they walk away with an understanding of how to use the tool safely and confidently.”
The workshop is a part of Bush’s efforts to kick off Women in Construction Week (March 6-12), to help raise awareness and celebrate the work of women in the construction industry. Women make up approximately 10% of the workforce, however, the number of women actually working on job sites is much smaller.
“Last year’s program was such a valuable opportunity for Girl Scouts to gain the technical skills of the construction field while discovering new career possibilities. Each girl walked away from the event with newfound confidence and we are grateful to partner with Bush Construction to share that experience with another group of girls,” said Aimee Williams, Girl Experience Leadership Manager for Girls Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois.