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The Green, Green Grass of Dome - The biology of a perfect football pitch (iStage 3)

Der perfekte Rasen - Die Biologie hinter dem Fußballgras (iStage 3)

It needs to be firmly attached to the soil and it needs to be sturdy enough to not get easily damaged by trampling: Football-turf grass. In the teaching unit ‘The Green, Green Grass of Dome’ students of secondary school grow their own football grass and do research on which grass species is best for a real football pitch. Therefor they study the root system, the stems and leaves of the grass plants and examine the role of the stomata.

The teaching unit is taken from the brochure ‘iStage 3 - Football in Science Teaching’ from the topic ‘biosphere’. The complete brochure can be ordered free of charge via mail ( or downloaded. It was developed by 20 teachers from 15 countries around Europe. The project was proudly supported by SAP.

Authors: Janine Hermann (CH), Márta Gajdosné Szabó (HU), Maaike Smeets (NL)

All additional material for the brochure can be found here.

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