Lessons from the links: golf teaches Beavercreek students STEM

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Rainy weather didn’t stop dozens of fifth grader from hitting the links Monday. The Beavercreek Golf Club hosted 125 Trebein Elementary School students for an inaugural First Green STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program.

First Green, founded in 1997, is an environmental education outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs.

Monday, golf course superintendents from around the Miami Valley implemented the course for the first time and showed students how STEM is a vital part of golf course management.

“Science is the backbone of what we do,” said Beavercreek Golf Club assistant superintendent Zachary Wike. “Being out there with the soil and plants… science is our profession.”

5th graders Kaleb Bryant and Kamran Schoop said they had no idea about STEM’s role in the game and facility maintenance.

“I thought golf was just hitting the ball and scoring,” said Schoop.

“You have to know area and perimeter and volume to see how far you have to hit it,” Bryant added.

The students rotated between stations to learn soil science, area and measurement, environmental stewardship and golf rules and etiquette.

The superintendents said they hope the event sparked a love for golf and an interest in how STEM applies to real-world careers.

“I remember being a student their age and thinking, ‘How am I ever going to use this in real life?'” said Wike. “For them to actually see it being used on a daily basis is going to be great.”

Wike said area superintendents hope to expand the program to a bi-annual event.

You can learn more about First Green here.

 

 

WDTN.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s