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More than 700 students participate in Blinn’s ‘If I Had a Hammer’ program

Program teaches students important math, science and life skills

June 2, 2014

Hank Ward, better known as Boss HankThe Blinn College – Schulenburg campus’s largest youth outreach program continues to grow.
More than 700 fifth graders from 13 elementary schools participated in the College’s “If I Had a Hammer” program between October and May, where they learned math and science through hands-on activities.

Students from La Grange, Schulenburg, Columbus and Weimar elementary schools, among others, spent a day building an 8x11-foot, one-room house that could hold an entire class. Students also toured the Schulenburg campus.

Through all the hammering and drilling, the laughs and the fun, students learned important concepts in geometry and physics to erect the house, and were taught real-world applications of continuing education.

“Math is often the hardest subject for all kids in school, and this program really helps them get a visual on how math works in real life,” said Campus Director Becky Garlick. “This program really stresses the importance of all the subjects they’re learning and how it will help them not just in school, but when they enter the workforce.”

Now running for more than a decade, the program has served more than 3,000 students and continues to grow.

Nationwide, more than 500,000 students have taken part in the “Hammer” program, and an independent third-party evaluation by The University of Memphis showed 116 students from eight City of Memphis schools averaged an increase of 64.4 percent of their math scores.

In addition to “If I Had a Hammer,” Blinn – Schulenburg will hold its annual Kids College for students entering grades 4-8 from 9 a.m. – noon June 23-27. The cost is $49 per student and registration forms can be picked up at the Schulenburg campus located at 100 Ranger Drive and online at www.blinn.edu/schulenburg.

In conjunction with Kids College, the Blinn – Schulenburg is offering a first-time parents camp, “Getting Savvy With Technology,” that will run in conjunction with Kids College. Parents and caregivers will learn about cyber safety, navigating their child’s school website and the ins and outs of using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Blinn – Schulenburg offers a variety of academic transfer, workforce training and continuing education classes to fit the needs of any student. For information on course offerings and student registration, visit: www.blinn.edu/schulenburg or call 979-743-5200.