OBJECTIVE

To construct a car powered by a mousetrap.



The car works when one end of a string is tied to the arm on the mousetrap and the other end is wound around an axle. By winding the string around the axle the mousetrap's spring is stretched providing stored energy. As the mousetrap is released it pulls the string off of the axle causing the wheels to turn and making the car move.


PROJECTS:

To design a mousetrap car for:
a. DISTANCE or
b. SPEED

All designs must follow the regulations given in your booklet.

The project should be completed in five days. It will be graded as a test.
USEFUL LINKS

Mousetrap Cars by Doc Fizzix
A commercial site that contains all kinds of info about the cars.
How a Mousetrap Car Works: Basics of propulsion
Technical Help: Questions and answers about the cars
Tips: from Doc Fizzix
Pictures: Speed and Distance cars from Doc Fizzix
Rules: from Doc Fizzix
Records:
Top 10 Distance Cars from Doc Fizzix
Top 10 Speed Cars from Doc Fizzix
2001 MOUSETRAP CAR COMPETITION

The Physics students at Holy Innocents' Episcopal School in Atlanta, GA participated in the Mousetrap Car Competition on November 7, 2001.

We had 22 participants in each category: Distance and Speed

Click on the links below to learn more about the competition: