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Mousetrap Vehicle Activity

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Single SKU: 1822-92  

10 Pack SKU: 1822-93

Ever think a mousetrap could power a car? Well, that's exactly what you'll be building here, using TeacherGeek components!

Start by building the base, then add the mousetrap's power and off it goes! Experiment with the included gears and other unique build components to allow the racer to go farther, faster or pull a heavy weight.  If more traction is desired, install the included wheel tires.  Apply the science of kinetic and potential energy, simple machines and friction as you design, construct and even reengineer the ultimate mousetrap vehicle.

Mousetrap Vehicle Educational Goals

  • Utilize design and engineering process
  • Encourage creativity, critical thinking and problem solving
  • Learn about kinetic and potential energy
  • Apply the scientific method
  • Innovate (design, build and evolve your own unique vehicle)

Completing the

Mousetrap Vehicle Activity

Ages 9 and Up

If you are working with ages 9 and up, start with the Build Guide, then move on to the Engineering Challenges.

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     Build Guide     

Start by creating an example Mousetrap Vehicle using the Build Guide. This will be a great design to get you started. You’ll begin to create your own amazing designs during the Engineering Challenges.

  • Build Guide: PDF

     Engineering Challenges     

It’s time to redesign your Mousetrap Vehicle to compete in one or more engineering challenges. Use these challenges to solve design problems and improve your prototype.

  • Mousetrap Long Shot Challenge: : PDF-- Race your vehicle farther than the competition.
  • Grab Lab Engineering Notebook Page: PDF-- Design your vehicle to be the fastest.

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TeacherGeek Tools You'll Need

What tools will you need to do this activity?

Process

Process Description

Recommended Tool 

Alternate Tool

Cutting

Cutting dowels, strips, recycling bin items, etc.

Multi-Cutter

Saw, Pruning Shears

Reaming

Change splined holes in components from press fit (dowels press and stay) to loose fit (dowels are able to slide and rotate).

Reamer

#3 Drill Bit and Drill

Screwing

Tighten and loosen screws

Screwdriver

None

Sets of tools can be found here.

 

Make your Mousetrap Vehicle even better by incorporating recycling bin material.

Mousetrap Vehicle Components

What's in the Mousetrap Vehicle Activity?

Component: 10pk Quantity: Single Quantity:
Connector Strips 40 4
Tires 20 2
Wood Screws 40 6
300mm Slide-Stop Material 2 1/3 (100mm)
Mousetraps 10 1
Perpendicular Blocks 60 6
Wheels 40 4
Dowels 40 4
Stop Clips 20 2
Cable Ties 40

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This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 9 and above with adult supervision. 

Science, Math & Engineering Standards

TeacherGeek products fit proposals, grants or lesson plans with ease! Explore more resources below:

Next Generation Science Standards
NGSS Standards Download - PDF
NGSS Standards Spreadsheet - Editable /Searchable Excel Sheet

International Technology & Engineering Educators' Association Standards
ITEEA Standards Download - PDF
ITEEA Standards Spreadsheet - Editable/Searchable Excel Sheet

 

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