Pupils schooled by Tiger’s foundation

ANAHEIM, Calif. — In a tan building about a 9-iron’s length away from where a teenaged Tiger Woods honed his golf game, a terrible crime has been committed. A room has been ransacked. Blood is everywhere.
And it is up to a team of fifth-graders to figure out what happened.
Prosecutors, fear not. It’s just a typical day at the Tiger Woods Learning Center, where crime scene investigations, rocket launches and miniature auto races are par for the course.

Over the last two years, thousands of students have streamed through the sun-lit halls of this 35,000-square foot facility, which serves as the flagship institution for the Tiger Woods Foundation, the charity founded by the world’s top golfer. And though it seems like everyone’s having a great time, there is serious learning going on just about every day.
The 35,000-square foot facility serves as the flagship institution for the Tiger Woods Foundation, and a similar one has been pledged for the District.
“The learning center is all about making education fun and interesting,” said Kathy Bihr, the center’s executive director, who oversees a staff of 230. “It’s a great program for teaching critical thinking and analysis skills, and it touches on so many different things for the kids. The engagement factor is 100 percent. When you walk into the room, it’s unbelievable.”

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6/30/08