Building is a natural use of math. Building To
Teach is an experiential learning program that uses the building process to excite students about math and teach them the
math skills they need to pursue jobs in math-related fields like construction,
accounting, engineering and computer science. Our results-oriented, hands-on
teaching methods have been developed and refined over 18 years at the
Alexandria Seaport Foundation (ASF) in Alexandria, VA, where young people learn
practical math through boat building.
Teach was developed by ASF to bring these hands-on teaching methods and materials to a national community
of instructors, employers and students. The Building To Teach approach is founded
on experience with students who have not only improved their math skills, but come to realize that math can be useful to them, through collaborative building
projects that are engaging, challenging and rewarding.