This summer: explore potential energy, kinetic energy, speed & force with your kids!
posted by: Guest Blogger
FREE at-home lessons and activities available on Speedometry website
In 2014, the Mattel Children’s Foundation and the USC Rossier School of Education partnered to introduce Speedometry, an innovative program that uses cars, tracks and household items to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning fun and engaging.
Hot Wheels® Speedometry™ aims to deepen students’ understanding of speed, angles, slopes, collisions, kinetic energy and potential energy. The free-to-use curriculum targets fourth grade (8-9 year old) students and aims to put them on course for success in science and mathematics.
In fact, recent classroom testing of the curriculum revealed positive results from implementation, and showed that fourth graders who learned science and math concepts with Speedometry showed gains in content knowledge and a greater interest in lessons in comparison to students who did not use the curriculum.
But the fun doesn’t have to end when the school bell rings – you can bring Speedometry™ learning home! After all, math and science are all around us and play is more than simply fun. These downloadable activities are intended to provide an opportunity for families to share moments of joy, excitement, curiosity and wonder – all using materials found around your home.
“With the need for more students in the STEM fields, teachers and parents need to find ways to make scientific topics engaging and accessible for students from an early age,” said Rossier Dean Karen Symms Gallagher. “The Speedometry curriculum brings science to life for kids while also being grounded by the research and assessment of learning experts in the field of education.”
The curriculum and home-based activities are available for free in both English and Spanish on the Speedometry website (hotwheels.com/Speedometry). Be sure to watch the “Activities at Home” video and download the free Hot Wheels® Family Engagement Activities to try Speedometry™ at home with your kids.
-By Shannon Fallon. In partnership with Mile High Mamas.