Linking Junior Golfers to the STEM of Golf

Stem0003The First Tee is helping teen golfers get excited about linking the sport with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)! The First Tee STEM Links is a new youth program that leads participants through nine experiments that align a STEM concept with relevant golf experiences. The program was developed by The First Tee and TEQGames and funded by Shell Oil Company, The First Tee’s Founding Corporate Partner. As you’ll see in this video, the new program was officially announced during the PGA TOUR’s Shell Houston Open (SHO). Participants from The First Tee of Greater Houston were joined by PGA TOUR professional and 2013 SHO Champion D.A.Points for some on-site STEM activities. Stem0011Through STEM Links, The First Tee coaches deliver the program to participants ages 10-18, measuring their activities and progress through a “range book.” As an example, participants learn how STEM concepts such as geometric scaling, kinematics and six degrees of freedom are skills needed for reading greens and holing putts. Also, participants learn the function of golf clubs by charting the domain (distance) and range (dispersion) of each club which will improve their ability to plan and estimate when playing the game. “The First Tee chapters continue to provide young people with programs that bridge golf to life, and STEM Links is another example of using golf to gain real life experiences and knowledge,” said Joe Louis Barrow, Jr., chief executive officer of The First Tee. “We are grateful to Shell Oil Company for providing the resources to develop and pilot this program.” Stem0008“As a technology company working on solutions that bring more energy to people around the world, we are passionate about emphasizing the importance of math and science education,” said Marvin Odum, president of Shell Oil Company. “The First Tee program can help shape tomorrow’s business and community leaders, and it does this in an environment that’s fun and interactive for the students. We’re certainly proud to see the program’s expansion and to be part of its good work.” The First Tee of Greater Houston was part of The First Tee STEM Links pilot and will continue to offer it to its participants. Other chapters expected to deliver the program include The First Tee of Monterey County, The First Tee of Silicon Valley, The First Tee of San Francisco and The First Tee of North Florida, among others.