Club Car, one of the most respected names in the golf industry for more than half a century and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, recently participated in a simulated business pitch called “STEMulation Tank” at Copeland Elementary School near Augusta, Georgia; five student teams pitched the golf car of the future to Club Car executives. The presentations were the culmination of a nine-month program in which students and Club Car employees collaborated to deepen students’ understanding and appreciation for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
The students who participated in this exercise certainly saw the benefits of the program. “I learned that using our imagination can make us think more critically and achieve a lot more,” said Brittani Brown. A’Qoyas Cody, another student, added “It takes a lot of teamwork. Even though the process was a little frustrating at times, it was still fun.”
The students showed no shortage of imagination. The fifth-graders came up with everything from golf ball finders and on-board GPS, to a camera that records your swing so that you can analyze it and correct your mistakes. The winning team came up with a concept of temperature controlled cup holders for golf cars.