Groups such as the local homebuilders association, Tennessee SCORE and Austin Peay State University came together to increase awareness of the state’s new academic standards among the local business, community and elected leaders.

Forget PowerPoint presentations; the 25 students geared up with hammers, eye protection and nail aprons to build a house — complete with roof, windows and door — inside APSU’s Red Barn.

]]>Thanks to a $15,000 grant from Time Warner cable, 450 students will participate in CPCC’s “If I Had A Hammer” program. The If I Had A Hammer program teaches at-risk students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math.

]]>“I couldn’t read until I was an adult,” Wilson said.

He also struggled with math. When he got a job as a carpenter, he quit “looking at mathematics as numbers and started looking at it as space.”

“Suddenly, I could do all of the mathematics it took to create something,” he said.

In 1987, Wilson launched “If I Had a Hammer,” using his own “aha!” moments to help children as young as 10 learn math by building things, including houses big enough to hold a class.

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It isn’t manual labor but a math lesson. This is the fourth time this school year that Madison students have partcipated in the If I Had a Hammer program, which teaches math concepts through the hands-on project of building a house.

“It piques their interest,” said Frank Dickinson, who teaches the program and is also a dean of instruction at Tulsa Tech…

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