Hot Wheels are really one of those enduring toys that have spanned generations. I can remember putting together pieces of track from the coffee table in the living room, doing loops, crashes, etc. as a kid. I even had a case to store them and carry them to friends’ places to have our own auto show. It was through Hot Wheels that my goal in life is to own a Camaro. Still working on that one, but I have driven one! In my day, Hot Wheels were replicas of real cars. Today’s versions have certainly surpassed that.
Although we didn’t know or appreciate it at the time, there’s just a whack of scientific principles that go into how Hot Wheels work. I have known teachers who have incorporated them into their science classrooms. Just think of all of the learning and inquiry that they can provide.
I was really excited to see this offer on their website.
What a deal! There’s a form to make the request. I checked the URL and it does land on an en-us page. That led me to wonder if Hot Wheels does have a Canadian site. It turns out that it does. You can find it here. Search as I might, I couldn’t find the same offer on the Canadian site. But, the US pages doesn’t indicate that it’s for US schools only. It might be worth a shot. The program does, however, seem to be directed at the STEM initiative in US schools.
Even if the kit is not available, there are still a couple of resources worth investigating.