Getting more mileage out of mousetrap cars
Physics and Astronomy
The mousetrap car project enables students to investigate the physics behind car construction and performance and addresses the National Science Education Standards in motion and forces and transfer of energy. The project is completed in four stages that include assembly and materials, the race, data collection for the laboratory, and a final assignment that includes a to-scale diagram of the car and reflective essay.
Link to Published Version
Rutherford, S., & Wylo, B. (2004). Getting more mileage out of mousetrap cars. Science Teacher, 71(8), 52–57.