Students get a look at practical uses of science in the day-to-day world

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- When you think of a day out on the golf course, science might not be the first thing that comes to mind.

But a group of seventh graders got a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to get the grounds ready for the day’s rounds – and there’s science all over it.

Bringing the classroom outside, Tuesday offered a unique opportunity for a few dozen junior high students. The exclusive gallery got a look at the work that goes into maintaining a golf course.

Greg Jones, Director of Agronomy at Champions Run Golf Course, said, “I've been in the industry for almost 20 years now and this is something that's behind-the-scenes. Not a lot of golfers even know what we do. They think we go out and mow grass but there's a lot more to it than just mowing the grass."

Jones is a Certified Golf Course Superintendent at Champions Run. He jumped at the opportunity for the course to host Nebraska's first green program. It's an educational program highlighting STEM learning opportunities right on the golf course.

We caught up with David Friedli, Principal of Conestoga Jr./Sr. High, who told us, "I've been through three stations already and we're just having a blast."

Friedli joined the students to get a look.

The stations focused on things like rolling the green rather than mowing it, drainage and even drone technology so a superintendent can inspect the course from above.

The goal is to help inspire future career opportunities in science technology engineering or math.

Jones said, “I jumped on the opportunity, just to give back to the kids."

The principal tells us that this was the first time some of the students had ever set foot on a golf course.