Mousetrap powered cars at West Irondequoit High School

Updated: 10/22/2013 6:12 PM
Created: 10/22/2013 4:44 PM WHEC.com

People have heard of gas-powered, battery-powered and even solar powered cars. But have you heard about mousetrap-powered cars?

Students in West Irondequoit were playing around with mousetrap-powered cars. The students in the principles of engineering class designed and built the cars, each one was unique and made from its own variety of materials.

The class's teacher says this assignment is a way to make math and engineering fun for students.

Dave Marshall, West Irondequoit High School Technology Teacher, said, "I'm trying to take math and show that they can apply it to something in the real world. So we're trying to take the math, circumferences of the wheels, simple machine stuff and really use it on a practical application which maybe a mousetrap powered car isn't, but they can see that if they do the math correctly and do the calculations on their car, their car should come pretty close to going 12 feet on the floor."

The cars were put to the test during a competition Tuesday. Each car had to go at least 12 feet in that face-off.


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