Mini Golf as Rocket Science?

Hey Girls, it’s Poppy here. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do in the summer is go mini golfing. It’s fun, relaxing and not too competitive to play. But did you know that mini golf has the potential to be educational and scientific, too? The Rocket Park Mini Golf which just opened on June 20th in Queens, New York uses actual rocket science in its miniature golf course and even has two real NASA rockets in its background! The main idea of the mini golf course is that the same laws of motion and gravity that guide the path of a spaceship control the motion of golf balls here on Earth. Rocket Park Mini Golf allows you to encounter fundamental laws of physics in its nine-hole course. It sounds like a great way to combine a fun summer activity and science! The mini golf park just opened though, so hopefully one day I’ll be able to find out how fun and scientific it is. If you live near Queens, check it out and tell me what you think! Even if you don’t, try to think of science experiments you can perform in your own local mini golf parks. Which angles of using the golf club work the best? How does the wind factor into how you play? Whatever you do, it’s fun to take something old like mini golf, and find unique ways to make it new. Now, if you ever tell someone that mini golf can be hard and they respond, “it’s not rocket science,” you can reply back, “it can be!”

Posted by GirlMogul Daisy

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  1. says

    Hello Daisy….I work at the NY Hall of Science in Queens…I invented the Rocket Park Mini Golf, so I hope you are right. I love your idea of doing experiments in mini golf courses. I hope you can come visit!

    Eric Siegel

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