Dear AISD Parents,
Hot Wheels® Speedometry™ is a fun and engaging way to learn about concepts such as energy, force, and motion. Students learn scientific and engineering practices such as analyzing and interpreting data, encouraging inquiry and problem-based learning. 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 Speedometry curriculum has been racing into a number of Central Texas ISDs (please note, this is not a commercial effort to sell to schools!).
We are pleased Austin ISD’s elementary curriculum staff has embraced Speedometry, for fourth grade students to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Austin ISD fourth grade science classes will begin experimenting with Speedometry in Fall 2015. The program fosters cooperation skills and develop empathy. Play is also critical for the development of creative problem solving skills. These activities are intended to provide a way to practice Science, Math, and Engineering through play. They provide an opportunity for families to share moments of joy, excitement, curiosity, and wonder.
Found on the website is a section titled ‘Families at Home,’ helpful videos and guides are available to encourage your children grow and explore science with toys at home.
For more information about Speedometry, the research behind it, or to review the curriculum, visit www.hotwheels.com/speedometry and check out the videos on the website.
Central Texas contact: Brooke Barnhill, (512) 344-2604, firstname.lastname@example.org