Students in Mrs. Grave’s Fourth Grade Class had fun (while learning) with Hot Wheels cars. They used the cars to review kinetic energy, potential energy, friction, independent variables, dependent variables, constants, measurement, converting fractions to decimals, and problem solving. Plus they got a jump on 5th Grade Math as the learned to find the average of three measurements
In the activity, they first explored the relationship between the height of the hot wheels trace vs. the distance the car travels. Then they created their own experiment by changing one variable. Then, they devised a way to collect their own data and came to a conclusion about the variables in their experiment.
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