After spending 31 years in elementary education as a teacher or Principal, I find there to be many reasons to expand CTAE (Career Technical and Agriculture Education) and specifically construction programs to elementary students. The top three reasons that we have identified (and are reaping the benefits from) are:
Opportunities for success for all students. Some students who may not be top of the class in math or writing could be in Construction. The playing field for all is leveled in construction. A second language learner or a special education student can excel beyond peers and be a leader/exemplar for their work.
Students have the opportunity for real-life application of math learning; measurement, fractions, and estimation are all important mathematics skills that must be applied in construction. Through construction, students learn new skills that will serve them well in life, teamwork, and practice collaboration.
Finally, and hopefully, this will not be the case for long, but during the pandemic, construction class gave us something new and exciting to celebrate, when so many things were canceled. It was a bit of hope in challenging times and something new for our students, which was rare.