The First Green Program shows how using a golf course as a learning lab for STEM students can not only be fun, but open young people up to the uses of technology.
“We’re getting kids out of the classroom and seeing what golf course superintendents do on a daily basis,” said Westminster National Golf Coursesuperintendent Ryan Kraushofer. “We want to show them how technology fits into the job.”
90 students from Winfield Elementary school recently visited the golf course to experience hands-on STEM activities.
There were various stations set up so the students could experience activities in small groups. They learned about soil sampling and different grasses at the science station. They learned how golf courses use moisture meters to conserve water at the technology station. They calculated measurements for applying fertilizer at the math station. And at the putting station, they learned how to swing a golf club from pros.
“We’re getting kids out of the classroom and seeing what golf course superintendents do on a daily basis,” said superintendent Ryan Kraushofer. “We want to show them how technology fits into the job.”