Division: Div B – Middle School
NC Essential Standards Alignment: Science as Inquiry, PSc.1.1., Phy.1.1, Phy.1.2
Event Rules: See the National rules manual
Event Score Sheet:
National Event Page: Here
Required Materials: All participants must properly wear eye protection at all times. Participants without proper eye protection must be immediately informed and given a chance to obtain eye protection if time allows. Participants without eye protection will not be allowed to compete.
Clarifications: For Regionals, track distances will be announced at 7pm on Feb 3 at the Cars Office Hour. It will also be posted in the Div B spreadsheet.
This is a construction event. Prior to the competition teams will build a vehicle that uses propulsive energy from one snap mousetrap as its sole means of propulsion to reach a target as quickly and accurately as possible.
Each team must bring and impound a single vehicle, a practice log, and any additional/spare parts. Teams may bring one stand-alone calculator of any type, data, and non-electric tools for their vehicle which does not need to be impounded. All participants must properly wear eye protection at all times. Participants without proper eye protection must be immediately informed and given a chance to obtain eye protection if time allows. Participants without eye protection will not be allowed to compete.
Low score wins.
– Do not modify the structural integrity of the mousetraps in any way. You are permitted to attach additional pieces to the mousetrap arm. You are permitted to drill up to 4 holes in each mousetrap to attach it to the vehicle.
– At any given tournament, approximately 1/3 of the vehicles are penalized for construction violations. This is something easy to avoid.
– Be sure to submit your practice log labeled correctly and measuring at least 3 parameters.
Mousetraps lose a great deal of their power even after a single trip. Get a spring scale to measure how the mousetrap loses power over time, and calculate when to replace it. Also, try different brands.
Mousetrap Vehicle 2019 Coaches Clinic Presentation (2020 Rules)
Below is an example of how Mousetrap Vehicle will look for Regionals in 2022.