Show off your projects!

Our annual I BUILT THIS! video contest is a nationwide competition inviting construction craft students and trainees to showcase their building projects.

Celebrating the art of building, high school career and technical education students and postsecondary construction trainees or apprentices are eligible to enter the I BUILT THIS! contest.

The seventh-annual I BUILT THIS! Contest is now open!

Contest Opens:

October 1, 2021

Contest Closes:

November 14, 2021


  • Secondary
  • Postsecondary
  • People’s Choice
Video Requirements:
  • Projects must be relevant to construction or maintenance. 
  • Proper safety practices are followed.
  • Maximum of 3 minutes in length.
  • Contains a speaking/voiceover element, including at least one student.
  • Projects must be completed in 2021.

See official rules for complete details.

Keys to Success:
  • Video provides information for participants and training program.
  • Video answers or addresses the following:
    • What is your project and why did you build it?
    • What do you enjoy most about construction?
    • What is the value of the craft skills you have learned and how do you plan to use them in the future?
  • Video showcases all stages of project development.
  • Good audio and film quality.

2021 Prize List

Three Winners (Secondary, Postsecondary, People’s Choice) will each receive the following prizes:

  • GoPro HERO10 Black + Accessories Kit
  • DEWALT Tools
    • 20V MAX* Cordless Brushless XR® Hammerdrill & Impact Driver Combo Kit
    • ToughSystem® 2.0 Rolling Toolbox
    • 20V MAX* Compact Cordless Reciprocating Saw
  • LENOX Tools
    • Contractor’s Speed Slot® Hole Saw Kit, 9pc
    • Demolition Reciprocating Saw Blade Kit, 12pc
  • IRWIN Tools
    • Speedbor MAX Speed Bit Set
    • 15pc Cobalt Drill Bit Set
    • 47pc Impact Screwdriver Bit Set
    • 3pc ProPlier Set
  • $150 Visa Gift Card
  • I BUILT THIS! Commemorative Hard Hat
  • NCCER & BYF Swag

The school or training program associated with the winning entries will also receive:

  • NCCER/Pearson Classroom Book Set
  • Winner Display Banner

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors

Congratulations to the 2020 Winners!

1st Place Secondary
Dylan Buzzard, Carroll County Career and Technology Center

1st Place Postsecondary
James Snyder, Pikes Peak Community College

Runner-up Secondary
Dakota VanCleve, Carroll County Career and Technology Center

Runner-Up Postsecondary
Raul Sanchez, Shapiro & Duncan/ABC of Metro Washington

People’s Choice
John Amos, William Chrisman High School

To watch all of the IBT! winning videos over the years, visit our playlists: