To help our Physics classes better understand torque, velocity and more, teacher Alan Duncan had his students build mousetrap cars to demonstrate these concepts. The cars could be made out of anything, with the only piece that had to be included being a mousetrap. With those instructions in mind, students used fishing wire, tape, cardboard, popsicle sticks and other materials to create their cars. Once completed, Mr. Duncan set up a ‘racing station’ where the students could race their cars against one another. Throughout the races, Mr. Duncan talked to the students about their cars and how they related to the lessons they were learning in the classroom.

Afterwards, Mr. Duncan gave his students awards for achievements such as whose car was the fastest or whose traveled the farthest distance. The students also wrote papers explaining how they built their cars, why they were successful and what they could do differently to increase torque, velocity, distance, etc.

The students loved being able to put their knowledge to work, and we can’t wait to see what other creative projects the Physics classes work on this semester!