A fifth grade STEM class from Sandymount Elementary School visited Westminster National Golf Course for hands-on environmental science activities.
The students studied soil samples, learned about putting green maintenance and water conservation, and had a fun putting contest. Golf course superintendents from the Mid-Atlantic Association of Golf Course Superintendents, who may also host their own field trips, were observing and helping during the day.
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The field trip was part of First Green’s STEM program, which uses golf courses as learning labs. Golf course superintendents need to be highly trained in STEM to manage their golf courses. They share this knowledge with teachers and students, showing real world applications that inspire student interest in STEM.
First Green is an innovative environmental outreach program using golf courses as environmental learning labs and is the only program of its kind. For more information, please visit www.thefirstgreen.org.