Innovative STEM Program Launched by USC Rossier School of Education and Mattel Children's Foundation Indicates Positive Impact on Students

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Preliminary results released by the USC Rossier School of Education indicate fourth-graders who learned science and math concepts with the “Speedometry” education curriculum showed gains in content knowledge and a greater interest in lessons compared to students who didn’t use “Speedometry.” 

The curriculum USC Rossier created with funding from the Mattel Children’s Foundation allows students to explore scientific concepts while providing teachers with a new instructive tool. The two-week program emphasizes hands-on investigation and active engagement in scientific practices.

USC Rossier researchers have released an initial technical report on the program. The two-year effort included a pilot phase and district-wide randomized-control trial involving more than 1,800 fourth graders in 59 classrooms. 

Although Hot Wheels cars were used in the pilot study, the curriculum can be conducted with other toys.

The curriculum and home-based activities are available for free in both English and Spanish at hotwheels. com/Speedometry.

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