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At the 38th annual CSI Allentown Chapter Expo, students from Emmaus High School, below, and William Allen High School in Allentown, displayed the construction projects they have been working on for their schools.
At the 38th annual CSI Allentown Chapter Expo, students from Emmaus High School, below, and William Allen High School in Allentown, displayed the construction projects they have been working on for their schools.

With a much-talked about construction worker shortage, it's nice to see the younger generation showing interest in the field.

This was clearly on display at the 38th annual CSI Allentown Chapter Product and Design Show, where students from two local high school groups demonstrated their interest in planning, designing and building projects that benefit their schools.

In a world dominated by talk of robots taking over many tasks in the business world – from automation in manufacturing to self-driving vehicles, it’s nice to know that 10 or even 20 years from now, people are still going to be required to plan and build things.

The show attracted nearly 80 manufacturers and suppliers who displayed their latest products and designs but also the projects that two local high school groups are undertaking. CSI, a national association of specifiers, architects and engineers, contractors and facility managers, manufacturers and other related industry professionals, hosted the event at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center in Upper Macungie Township on April 27. To read the full story, click here.

Students from architectural and construction groups at Emmaus High School and William Allen High School in Allentown displayed their projects, which included a design for an observatory and a refurbished baseball field.

But it was hearing the students describe their projects that made the visit worthwhile.

By showing their enthusiasm and sincere interest and depth of skills, the students clearly are on the path toward doing successful things, whichever path they choose.

With public schools facing ever-tightening budgets for financing these projects, without the students’ efforts, they clearly wouldn’t happen. It’s inspiring to see them taking matters into their own hands, doing something positive not only for themselves, but for their schools and communities, all while demonstrating a high level of maturity.

Judging from the work of these students, the future could be a bright one for the construction industry.

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At the 38th annual CSI Allentown Chapter Expo, students from Emmaus High School, below, and William Allen High School in Allentown, displayed the construction projects they have been working on for their schools.
At the 38th annual CSI Allentown Chapter Expo, students from Emmaus High School, below, and William Allen High School in Allentown, displayed the construction projects they have been working on for their schools.
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