Year 9 students at Corpus Christi College in Perth are rumoured to have broken the land speed record with a mousetrap-driven vehicle, according to CNN reporter Hans Rocketship. Other rumours trending on social media include: the heaviest weight towed by a spring-loaded vehicle and the furthest distance traveled by a mouse-trap vehicle.
Mr. Rocketship said yesterday: 'Rumours are one things, but where is the evidence?'
Your team will be following the STEM Development Process to investigate different mousetrap-driven vehicle designs capable of traveling the longest distance, or the fastest speed, or the greatest weight.
What solutions do you already know about?
What ideas you can get from these solutions?
What methods of communication will you use?
How will you manage your time?
Who will handle problems as they arise?
Have we allowed for people being away?
What will we record in our portfolio?
Understanding the physics behind designing a mousetrap-powered vehicle will give you a clear advantage in this competition.
Below is a link that will introduce the science behind mousetrap-powered vehicles and include some material and design suggestions:
Need to understand the science further? See this link.
Not sure how to start? Watch this clip:
More of a visual learner? Watch the clip below. The design isn't perfect, but you should start thinking about how you would redesign it, based on the materials you can collect.
Based on your research and investigations from STEP 2, create 2-3 design sketches.
They should have:
Does your chosen design take into account:
This is your opportunity to test your car to check that it works as well as you designed it to work!
You should conduct your testing scientifically using a series of trials.
Based on your research and trials from STEP 5 you should analyse your design and discuss opportunities for improvements with your team.
You should consider:
Lastly, don't forget to include a photograph and even a video of your final design in your digital portfolio!