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Physics Students Design, Test Mouse Trap Cars
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Monday, April 01, 2019
Physics students with their mouse trap cars in hand and with the winners, Rebecca Fawver, Kennyann Price, Amaya Yarid and Kristof Lotivio standing above in the winners perch. Top L-R: Rebecca  Fawver, Kennyann Price, Amaya Yarid, and Kristof Lotivio. Bottom Back L-R: Eric Laning, Matthew Swann, Micah Vannoy, Deklyn Manuel, Matthew Salansky, Jacob Carattini, Natalia Acuna, Angel Flynn, and Hasiah Wolfe.  Bottom Front L-R: Christopher Neyer, Emily Snypes, Demir Menguc, Amelia Parker, Emily  Rowland, Abigail Harold, and Matthew Fred-Roman
Physics students with their mouse trap cars in hand and with the winners, Rebecca Fawver, Kennyann Price, Amaya Yarid and Kristof Lotivio standing above in the winners perch. Top L-R: Rebecca Fawver, Kennyann Price, Amaya Yarid, and Kristof Lotivio. Bottom Back L-R: Eric Laning, Matthew Swann, Micah Vannoy, Deklyn Manuel, Matthew Salansky, Jacob Carattini, Natalia Acuna, Angel Flynn, and Hasiah Wolfe. Bottom Front L-R: Christopher Neyer, Emily Snypes, Demir Menguc, Amelia Parker, Emily Rowland, Abigail Harold, and Matthew Fred-Roman

Students Design, Test Mouse Trap Cars in Physics

BY TYLER CONNELL
FEATURES EDITOR

Physics teacher Steven Nease launches mouse trap cars every year with his physics students.


This activity he does with his students goes along with circular motion and rotation in physics. This is similar to how a bike works with its tires that propel the bike and person forward.


“This is the same concept I want students to explore when making the mouse trap cars.” stated Nease.


Nease enjoys doing this project because his high school physics teacher did the same one when he was in high school. It stuck with him making him want to do it with his students.


Nease has done this project for four years., and his students love it. It gives them a chance to build and to learn and gives them fun in the classroom rather than book work.


The mouse trap car competition was placed into two categories, distance and speed.


The circular motion caused by the mouse trap setting off caused the cars to move forward.
Some with quite a lot of speed for a little mouse trap and some sent with astonishing distances.


There are two winners, one for each category. The winner for the speed competition was Kristof Lotivio and his partner Amaya Yarid with their mouse trap car named “Pink Boi.”


The winner of the distance competition was Kennyann Price, and her partner Rebecca Fawver, from East High, with their car, “Boy.”


The speed winners won with the speed of 1.449 m/s, or 3.2 mph.
The distance winners won with an amazing 29 meters or 96 feet.


Nease is excited to see what the students can come up with during this project to see what students can and will learn from this project and hopefully see what the students potentials hold.

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