Freking and PhD student Young to speak at SXSWedu 2016

Will present hands-on demonstration of Speedometry

DR. FRED FREKING, USC Rossier Associate Professor of Clinical Education

Dr. Frederick Freking

How can we break the mold of traditional science instruction? USC Rossier Associate Professor of Clinical Education Fred Freking and PhD student Tyron Young plan to answer that question at next week’s SXSWedu Conference (March 7-11, 2016).

Freking and Young’s panel – Speedometry: Teaching Physics Through Play – is a hands-on workshop on Tuesday, March 8, that focuses on how hands-on learning can support authentic science education instruction.

Tyron Young

Tyron Young

The panel will dig into Speedometry™, USC Rossier’s 4th grade STEM curriculum co-created with the Mattel Children’s Foundation. The curriculum provides an inquiry-based approach to STEM education that teaches young girls and boys about physics through the use of Hot Wheels cars in the classroom. Rossier’s research team recently reported that fourth graders who use the curriculum shot an increase in knowledge of math and science, among other improvements.

Panel Information

  • Tuesday, March 8
  • 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
  • Hilton Austin Downtown Room 412
  • Panel hashtag: #STEMplay
  • If you’re unable to attend, follow coverage of Freking & Young’s panel on @USCTeacher and @USCRossier

About SXSWedu

SXSWedu is an annual, four-day long education conference in Austin, TX, that connects members of the education community through professional development seminars, workshops and hands-on learning sessions. The conference’s submission and voting process is done through their PanelPicker, a crowd-sourced voting platform that allows anyone – teachers, educators, members of the community – to have a say in each year’s SXSWedu topics and presentations.

To read more about Speedometry, see this series on the USC Rossier Online Blog.