Do Now U! Should We Install Fields of Artificial or Natural Turf?

NCSCE and KQED are partnering on a new pilot project, Do Now U. Do Now U engages undergraduate students in online discussions about current scientific issues through the innovative use of social media.

The Do Now U post, “Should We Install Fields of Artificial or Natural Turf?”, created by Indiana State University students Hunter McCord, Andrew Medsker, and Brandon Madhaffey in professor Jim Speer’s course, is now live on KQED’s website.

In their post, Hunter, Andrew, and Brandon explore the pros and cons of artificial turf. The popular synthetic grass could pose health risks, yet its use has a number of environmental benefits.

Students on and beyond Indiana State University’s campus, as well as the general public, have joined the debate by commenting on the post’s page, and sharing their thoughts and opinions on social media platforms such as Twitter by using the hashtag #DoNowUTurf.

Join the Conversation!
Do you need a warm up exercise or extra credit assignment for your course? Do you want to expand your class discussion beyond the walls of your lecture hall? Incorporate #DoNowUTurf in your lesson plan.

If you are interested in having your class create Do Now U posts during semesters, please contact Hailey Chenevert at for more information.

Photo credit: Lisa Parker/Flickr

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