PITTSBURG - Young builders will have the chance to put their creativity and skills to the test using Lego bricks and other materials on Saturday, Jan. 27, when the Pittsburg State University School of Construction holds its annual "Block Kids" building event at the Kansas Technology Center.

Partnering with the school for the 11th year is the National Association of Women in Construction Chapter No. 382.

Registration begins at noon the day of the event and is limited to the first 100 children. Organizer Dennis Audo, an associate professor of construction, was inspired to begin the event here after judging a similar event in Wichita.

"With the help of Wichita's NAWIC, we got started and it's been popular ever since," he said.

The goal, Audo said, is to foster interest in construction among area youth.

Participants will be given instructions and criteria on which they will be judged, as well as 50 Lego bricks, a small rock, string, and foil. They then will have one hour to complete their project, which must relate in some way to the construction industry, such as a bridge, a house, a skyscraper, or a commercial building.

Student and faculty judges from the School of Construction then will spend time looking at each project and asking each builder about the approach they decided to take before declaring winners.

Prizes include plastic and wooden tool boxes, hats, small hand tools, and various construction related items donated by partners Home Depot and Wal-Mart.