The purpose of this competition is to build a car whose only source of power is a standard mousetrap. Typical mousetrap cars are built using a metallic wire extension of the trap with a string attached and then wrapped around the axle of the car. The mouse trap car can be built of any materials, however, make certain that the only source of power is the mouse trap itself. In addition, the following rules apply:
NEW: No graphing or programmable calculators are allowed!
No cell phones or I-pads are allowed!
Participants must have pencils with them.
This is a straight-forward competition in which teams of four students each work to solve a set of physics questions and problems within a specified time limit. Your equipment will include high-tech, state-of-the-art pencil and paper, which will be provided. In addition, each participant may bring a non-programmable and non-graphing calculator with them. One team will be allowed for each school.
Limited to 3 teams per school.
The objective of this competition is to build a free-standing tower of maximum height using a single sheet of 8.5" by 11" photocopier paper and one 50 cm strip of tape. No other materials may be used. Participants will be required to construct their tower at PSU during the timed competition. The paper and tape will be provided, as well as scissors and a ruler. It is recommended that students develop a tower design and practice building it prior to the competition. The paper may be cut or folded into any shape, and the tape used to fasten any parts of the tower together.
Each tower may be built by an individual or by teams consisting of 2 people.
Total scores are calculated by taking the rank of the top placer from each school as the school’s score for that event. If a school does not participate in an event, then they are given a score that is equal to the lowest participant score plus ten for that event. The scores are then totaled and the schools with the lowest point totals win the overall competitions.