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Last school year Mattel offered a free STEM teacher kit of hot wheels and ramps. We just checked with Mattel today and it is still being offered. It is great for teaching force and motion. There are lesson online to support the kit. They will continue to send them as long as their supply lasts so don't wait. http://www.hotwheels.com/en-us/speedometry.html
The kits include the following:
40 Hot Wheels® diecast cars
16 orange loops
16 track clamps
64 track connectors
100+ feet of orange track
By the way- every time we find offers or other cool STEM resources like this we post it on our Facebook page so we invite you to like our page and get updates.
www.Get Caught Engineering.com
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This is a great resource. Our district is running some trial tests with some 4th grade classrooms next year. I am part of a group called the Science Teacher Cadre. It is a group of master science teachers that collaborate and plan together. We got to take some trials to our classroom and try them out. Mattel reps came out and interviewed us about how things went. It was great!
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Wow! Thank you!
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Just as I went to the website I discovered it was for 4th grade teachers. Do anyone know if there is something along the same lines for 3rd grade teachers?
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Wendy, thank you for posting this. What a great resource. It is so nice to see Mattel, a major player in the corporate world step up to help teachers out. Their materials are quality and last forever.
I passed it on to several of my teaching buddies. Hopefully they will be able to apply before the supply runs out. Do you have any idea how long it will take for the kits to ship?
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Thank you for posting this information. I look forward to receiving my kit, and using the supplies to help engage students in engineering and physics.
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Thanks so much. I've passed it along to my fourth grade colleagues. I'm a fifth grade teacher. I was going to see if they end up with the kit, if I could borrow it for a Friday afternoon.
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Thank you for posting info about this great resource! I have ordered my kit and plan to use them to help teach these concepts and engineering practices.
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Thanks for adding the actual list of all that is in the kit.
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Thanks for sharing Wendy. I never seem to be able to get signed in when kits are available!
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Thanks for the information, Stephanie! I teach in a school that is cash-strap, therefore, appreciate any help I can get.
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Thanks for this resource. We have used pipe tubing in the past with marbles. I think the cars with the track will work better.
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My wife, 5th grade teacher, for STEAM night several years ago, used an activity like this with plumbing insulation tubing, and students designing roller coasters. It was a huge hit...can you share any more into the type of activity you do, is there a URL or a lesson plan?
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Awesome link! I just filled out the form to get my free kit.
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Thanks for the link! I've passed the information on to one of our elementary teachers who is part of a STEM "club" for students in our district.
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I applied for this back in March and just received my kit a few weeks ago. It is an amazing resource that I plan to utilize with my 8th graders during our force and motion unit. The shear amount of die-cast cars it provided would have made me happy, but to supply the track pieces too?! It felt like Christmas in July! Mattel definitely went above and beyond for teachers by offering this.
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I received this kit last year. I use it when teaching force and motion.
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Thank you for posting the kit.
What other lessons / units that can use a similar kit? Maybe a lesson / unit that you found challenging for students to understand today without hands-on kit.
We are trying to develop these toolkits and would love to get some advice.
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This resource is great. It comes with a lot of materials and the kids really enjoyed the experience.
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I missed the free offers also, but if anyone is finished with theirs and doesn't mind sharing. If you could mail them to me on loan, I will mail them back. I just can't afford to purchase all the items to make a kit.
Send them to
3100 Panthers Pride Drive
Dumfries, Va 22026
Attn: 1st Grade
and I will send them back to you when we finish with them along with a great big thank you from a lot of wonderful children.
Think about it!
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