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Hot Wheels Speedometry

HotWheels Speedometry

 

 

Hot Wheels Speedometry has been racing through Central Texas in 2015. Speedometry, is a fun, interactive and hands-on curriculum designed especially for fourth grade students to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This free-to-use program is the result of collaboration between the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education and the Mattel Children’s Foundation. The kits in English and Spanish TEKS curriculum are free for educators and are available to order while supplies last. Please view here: http://www.hotwheels.com/en-us/speedometry.html

Dr. Gale Sinatra of USC presented the curriculum at Region 13 and 20’s San Antonio STEM Summer Innovation Academy in early June 2015.

STEM Summer Innovation Academy: Dr. Gale Sinatra (2nd from right) of University of Southern California Rossier School of Education with Grant Kessler of Region 13, German Ramos of Region 13 and Ravae Shaeffer of Region 20.

STEM Summer Innovation Academy: Dr. Gale Sinatra (2nd from right) of University of Southern California Rossier School of Education with Grant Kessler of Region 13, German Ramos of Region 13 and Ravae Shaeffer of Region 20.

Austin ISD has adopted the program in fourth grade science curriculum for Fall 2015 and Del Valle ISD integrated Speedometry into its After-School Program this past Spring.

Speedometry uses Hot Wheels toys, which kids have been playing with for decades, to create meaningful lessons on velocity, gravity and kinetic energy. For example, lessons ask students to investigate how far cars travel down ramps and make predictions for higher ramp speeds. Other lessons ask students to “crash” cars into each other and study the distance traveled after the collision. Both of the two units include a series of lessons that engage students in the science material, have them explore a particular problem and explain their findings, and finally deepen their knowledge through elaboration and evaluation.

Complimentary Speedometry teaching kits are available while supplies last to educators via the website. To learn more about Speedometry, the research behind it, or to take a look at the curriculum or receive a Speedometry kit, visit www.hotwheels.com/speedometry and check out the videos on the website. Central Texas contact: Brooke Barnhill, (512) 344-2604, brooke@monumentgroupllc.com

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