February 27, 2016
A mousetrap car is a small vehicle whose only source of motive power is a mousetrap. Mousetrap cars are used to help students build problem-solving skills, develop spatial awareness, learn to budget time, and practice cooperative behavior. A mousetrap is powered by a helical torsion spring. Torsion springs obey an angular form of Hooke’s law.
There were 8 competitors working in teams of two to review design, assemble, and then compete in agility contests. Pam Slusser and James Kofskie, instructors in drafting and physics respectively from Columbia-Montour Area Vocational Technical School provided directorship roles in this program. [Read more…]