I had to go to the post office at lunch today and decided to walk. I passed this 'storefront' that had previously been empty. It is now the home of the Columbus 'If I had a hammer' project.
This is from the Hammer web site:
If I Had A Hammer is building a better education. Hammer works because the students do. This innovative, academics-based program puts the entire construction of a house-from working with a budget to putting the roof on-in the hands of the students! Students work in groups to assemble the 8 X 11 foot house, in less than two hours. Complete with windows, doors and a front porch, the free-standing house is the end result of communication, teamwork, and hands-on application of math and science concepts.
Through this process, students learn the real life application of subjects they have studied for years in school: math, science, social studies, language arts and more. Hammer isn't so much about building a house, as it is about showing students how education gives them the tools to build a successful life.
More than 200,000 students in over 50 different locations across North America have participated the Hammer program. Portland is the first site in Oregon.