6th Grade Students have a Blast Calculating Speed

Last Week the 6th graders from Mr. Solis and Ms. Castro’s class covered TEKS 6.8C, which states that students will calculate average speed using distance and time measurements. In order to accomplish this goal, the students must first race some remote control cars to get some times to calculate.

Mr. Solis spoke to me about the process that Ms. Castro and him go through to make sure the students are not only having fun but also, more importantly, learning what the state of Texas expects them to learn.

“This TEKS is always one of the students favorites. Any time they can get out of their seats and play with toys is a lesson I know they will be engaged in. Then you add the competitive aspect to see which student can race a car the fastest and the TEKS basically teaches itself.”

How does the Lab Work?

“You first have to set up a 10 meter track. Then you set markers at 2-meter intervals. A student will then race a car through the track being timed at the 2-meter intervals. The students gather the information and eventually determine the speed of the car at different areas”

What is something the students learn about speed that they didn’t know before?

Besides the mathematical aspect (speed=distance/time), the students begin to discover how our roads and highways can be designed. You wouldn’t want to put a speed limit of 70mph by a sharp turn because a car could roll over or cause an accident. By understanding speed at a mathematical level, the students begin to see how that applies to real world experiences, which is the goal of educating you minds. If they can apply what they learned in the classroom to how life works outside in everyday life, then they have a better chance at succeeding once they leave school.

What TEKS is next? 

We are headed into space. Unfortunately it’s very difficult to have an on location Lab but Ms. Castro and I will improvise.

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