Monday, September 19, 2011

Building a Better Mousetrap . . . Car


For quite a few days, my dining room table looked like this:



Plastic tubes and pots and pans, bits and pieces and the magic from my hands will make . . .weird science. . ..




Glenna's assignment from her physics class was to build a mousetrap car.
The car had to function through Newton's 3rd Law: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.





Boy was I thankful that Himself wasn't out of town this week.







Mousetrap, styrofoam, string, dowels, washers, CDs, string, and balloons stretched around the CDs for traction.




The end result was a fantastic car that while not aesthetically pleasing, it worked!


Here's a video of the initial test run. Note that I forgot I was filming with my little iPod, and then Missy had to check it out in the end.
video

The hard work paid off! She was one of only two who scored 100% on their cars! Her teacher asked if she could take the car to show the class at the other campus.

Way to go Glenna!!!

3 comments:

Scienceguyorg said...

Good job on the mousetrap car, it runs really straight and smooth.

Mrs said...

Hey Science Guy, thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

You are Welcome! The only improvement I could see in that mousetrap car might be with bearings.

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