Mousetrap-powered cars are clever and often unique expressions of creativity, scientific know-how and just plain-old fun. While they might not solve the world's vehicle emissions issues, they're a great way for young and old minds alike to engage in creative problem solving.
The power in mousetrap-powered cars comes from ______.
a trapped mouse that rotates a drive-wheel when it runs
a mouse pulling the car with a tiny harness strapped to its back
the spring action of a mousetrap
Which of the following is NOT commonly used as a wheel on a mousetrap-powered car?
An Oreo cookie
A compact disc
A wheel from a remote-control toy car
When this is pulled on a mousetrap-powered car, it causes the wheels to turn.
A shift lever
A piece of wood that forms the body
A length of string
The body of a mousetrap-powered car should be made of something that is ______.
strong -- like thick, plate steel
light yet stiff -- like balsa wood or poster board
flexible -- like construction paper
True or false: A mousetrap-powered vehicle can have four, three, or even just two wheels?
Competitions with mousetrap-powered cars often revolve around which car can go ______.
Optimizing a mousetrap-powered car relies heavily on an understanding of ______.
True or false: The best lubricant for a mousetrap-powered car wheel is peanut butter.
The wheels on a mousetrap-powered car rotate on the ______.
Pen barrels are an inexpensive way to mount your mousetrap-powered car's ______.
mousetrap spring damper
A hot glue gun comes in handy when building a mousetrap-powered car because it lets you easily ______.
attach the trap to the car body
attach the wind-up mouse to the car body
glue miniature "spinner" rims to the wheels
Which of the following would likely disqualify a contestant from a mousetrap-powered car competition?
Unevenly sized wheels
Auxiliary balloon thrusters
Extension for the trap arm to pull the string
What mousetrap brand is most commonly cited as the standard "engine" for a mousetrap-powered car?
True or false: A single mousetrap is capable of propelling a miniature car more than 300 feet (91.4 meters).
True or false: It's not recommended that those younger than age 18 build mousetrap-powered cars because of the cars' complexity and risk.
True or false: It's possible to use multiple mousetraps to propel one mousetrap-powered car.
The heart of a mousetrap-powered car that puts the entire vehicle in motion is the ______.
Which of the following is NOT a reason to use CDs as wheels on a mousetrap-powered car?
Their light weight
Their shiny surface
The ease with which you can obtain them
Perhaps the most important consideration when putting together a mousetrap-powered car is ______.
keeping the weight down by using lightweight materials
keeping the trap well oiled
affixing warning stickers near and around the dangerous trap area
It's best to use skinny wheels on a mousetrap-powered car to ______.
be able to sneak up silently on rodent pests before trapping them
put those dusty old "Greatest Hits of the 80s" CDs to good use