GMS Students Participate in Hammer Build Experience

The Hammer Build Experience designed by “If I Had a Hammer” brings math to life by helping students see the big picture as they build a model house. The hands-on program puts the students’ classroom skills to the test while teaching them about teamwork, creativity, and real-life application of the math principles they are learning today.

Through this experience, GMS students built a house, learned about and participated in mock interviews that put their STEM skills to the test. After the Hammer Build Experience, students enjoyed a meal provided by the Niswonger Foundation and STEM LD from Chick-fil-A.  Students were able to experience a virtual reality tour of different careers using Oculus Quests and tour the Walters State campus.

GMS 8th Grade Science teacher Emily Dean stated, “Throughout this experience, I spoke with many different students who said this was the best field trip that they had ever been on and wanted to know when they could do it again. As a teacher/chaperone on the trip, it was such a wonderful sight to see the students working together toward a common goal, completely engaged in what they were doing, and smiling from ear to ear all day. We cannot thank the Niswonger Foundation, Walters State, STEM LD, and the Hammer Build team enough for the experience we had.”

More information about the “If I Had a Hammer” Program can be found here: