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Hot Wheels Used to Teach Students STEM

Hot Wheels to Teach Students STEM in New Program

In order to teach elementary-age students STEM, USC Rossier School of Education and Mattel Children’s Foundation has launched “Speedometry™,” a free program using hot wheels using hands-on discover and learning.

"Speedometry is a perfect example of the meaningful difference play can make in the development of children," said Robert Goodwin, Executive Director of the Mattel Children's Foundation in a press release. "Together, USC researchers and Mattel Hot Wheels designers were able to combine a favorite toy with the latest education techniques to create a curriculum that makes learning easy and fun. We are proud to make this program free for parents and educators and know it will give thousands of children the knowledge they need for future success.”

Speedometry, the press release said, “offers students a means of exploring scientific concepts such as velocity and gravity, kinetic energy and more while providing teachers with a powerful new teaching tool.”

“Additionally, the curriculum supports teaching the skills within the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, ensuring clear expectations for students as well as relevant real-world application,” the article said. “The two-unit Speedometry Curriculum was designed for fourth graders using the 5E Instructional Model [Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate] to support students as they ask questions and conduct experiments to find the answers.”

The 5Es integrate “hands-on activities that help foster conceptual understanding and inspire students to explore further…the lessons were also created to align with Common Core Math Standards in fourth grade.”

“With America’s need for more college graduates entering the STEM fields, teachers need to find ways to make scientific topics engaging and accessible for students from an early age,” USC Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher said in the release. “This exciting partnership has created a curriculum that brings science and math to life for kids and is grounded by the research and assessment of leading Rossier experts in education.”

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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