School Program uses Golf to Teach Students About Science

12.05.04-main logoBy Molly Shen Published:  April 30, 2012

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Not many school field trips include a round of golf, but a unique teaching program is doing just that by taking students out of the classroom and onto the greens.

For a group of Bellevue seventh graders, a round of miniature golf is not so subtly disguised as science.

"I learned about the soil at the golf course, the salmon, and kind of how to putt a little better," said student Markus Schiffer. .

For the students, spending time on the greens means really getting to know them, and the golf course has a lot to teach.

"It gets the truth out about turf grass and golf and what it does," said Larry Gihuly of the United States Golf Association. "There are an incredible amount of positives, going from the oxygen we breathe to filtering all the things that are pollutants in the environment. golf courses do that."

Students even folded in some math by measuring a stream's velocity, but they mainly talked about how to protect that stream.

"Hit the target with your fertilizer. If you're going to fertilize your lawn, make sure you get it on the grass," said an instructor.

They also learned about ways to protect the creatures living in the water.

More than 8,000 students have gone through the program with the First Green Foundation, which started in Washington and has since spread to other states.

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