How do you build a mousetrap          car ???             By Satchel     First Semester Exhibition           Demonstration
Agenda•   Why I chose this topic•   History•   Important information•   Step by step•   Compare 2 racers•   Fun facts•   Q...
WHY ?????I chose this topic from a list of ideas that Mrs. Tiggs had because it seemedinteresting.
HistoryThe mousetrap car was invented to allow  students to see and understand how the  concepts of physics are applied.Th...
Little Nipperhttp://inventors.about.com/od/mstartinventions/a/mousetrap.htm
Important Information• A mousetrap powered car uses a mousetrap  for a motor and a string to transmit force.• One end of a...
More Information• As the mousetrap car is released, the  mousetrap pulls the string off the axle causing  the wheels to tu...
Step-by-Step• The Basic Racer had 25 steps!!!!!• See my pictures
Materials
Measuring
Drilling
Building
Axles & Wheels
Balancing Tires
Attaching Mousetrap to Deck Top
Attaching String
Basic Racer Completed
Doc Fizzix
Basic Racer I
Basic racer #1 facts•   Great all-around racer•   It can go fast•   Can travel long distances•   It can carry weight•   Ea...
Big Wheel Racer
Big wheel facts• Travels a greater distance for each rotation of  the wheel compared to a basic racer.• Its hard to build ...
Fun Facts• You can build a fast mousetrap car by using large  wheels made from old cd’s that have rubber  bands around the...
Resources• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBPipeb8  t3Q• http://www.ehow.com/how_6506021_instruc  tions-kids-build-mousetr...
Resources• Doc Fizzix Mousetrap Racers: The Complete  Builder’s by Alden Balmer
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  1. 1. How do you build a mousetrap car ??? By Satchel First Semester Exhibition Demonstration
  2. 2. Agenda• Why I chose this topic• History• Important information• Step by step• Compare 2 racers• Fun facts• Questions & Comments
  3. 3. WHY ?????I chose this topic from a list of ideas that Mrs. Tiggs had because it seemedinteresting.
  4. 4. HistoryThe mousetrap car was invented to allow students to see and understand how the concepts of physics are applied.The first mousetrap car was invented by British inventor James Henry Atkinson in 1897. He was an engineer born in England (1849-1942)His most famous invention was the mousetrap- he called it the “Little Nipper”
  5. 5. Little Nipperhttp://inventors.about.com/od/mstartinventions/a/mousetrap.htm
  6. 6. Important Information• A mousetrap powered car uses a mousetrap for a motor and a string to transmit force.• One end of a string is attached to an arm on the mousetrap and the other end is wound around an axle.• If you wind the string around the axle, the mousetrap spring is stretched and you have stored energy
  7. 7. More Information• As the mousetrap car is released, the mousetrap pulls the string off the axle causing the wheels to turn….. & OFF THE VEHICLE GOES!!!!!!!!
  8. 8. Step-by-Step• The Basic Racer had 25 steps!!!!!• See my pictures
  9. 9. Materials
  10. 10. Measuring
  11. 11. Drilling
  12. 12. Building
  13. 13. Axles & Wheels
  14. 14. Balancing Tires
  15. 15. Attaching Mousetrap to Deck Top
  16. 16. Attaching String
  17. 17. Basic Racer Completed
  18. 18. Doc Fizzix
  19. 19. Basic Racer I
  20. 20. Basic racer #1 facts• Great all-around racer• It can go fast• Can travel long distances• It can carry weight• Easy to build• More stable• Easier to operate
  21. 21. Big Wheel Racer
  22. 22. Big wheel facts• Travels a greater distance for each rotation of the wheel compared to a basic racer.• Its hard to build and it needs a lot of fine- tuning to maximize its distance
  23. 23. Fun Facts• You can build a fast mousetrap car by using large wheels made from old cd’s that have rubber bands around them for better traction• The mouse trap car cost $10.00 to make• The spring on the mouse trap gives the car its speed+
  24. 24. Resources• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBPipeb8 t3Q• http://www.ehow.com/how_6506021_instruc tions-kids-build-mousetrap-car.html• http://www.scienceguy.org/Articles/Mousetra pCarConstructionArticlePlan.aspx• http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mousetrap_ca r
  25. 25. Resources• Doc Fizzix Mousetrap Racers: The Complete Builder’s by Alden Balmer
  26. 26. Questions & Comments

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