Elementary students are building math concepts with hammers and nails, as they construct a small house.

Building Math Concepts with Hammers and NailsFifth grade students from St. Clair Elementary School are learning the building skills, as the school is collaborating with Eastman Chemical Company and Northeast State Community College in a three year commitment with Perry Wilson, founder of If I Had a Hammer.

Wilson founded the program after he struggled in school as a child.  He found that understanding math concepts did not come to him through traditional teaching, but through hands on experiences.  Over one million students in the USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico have been through the If I Had A Hammer curriculum.

“I am so proud that our students have this amazing opportunity,” said St. Clair Principal Mary Ann Davis. “They are learning to apply what they have learned in the classroom into a real-world skill. This program is extremely ingenious, and the students have exhibited tremendous pride in their hard work.“

The STEM focused program helps students understand the big picture of how math is applied, through teamwork, real-life situations, and creativity.

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