Using found and craft materials, can you make a mouse trap inspired by Rube Goldberg machines?
Materials: (for a classroom)
Variety of found and craft materials
Rubber mouse/rat (one per group)
Scissors, tape, and glue
One real Mousetrap Board Game to use as an example
STEM project where students build mouse trap cars to study motion and energy.
-Distance/Time Motion Graphs
3) Energy and Motion Analysis
4) Mentor Feedback
5) Class Discussion
7) Reflection Pa
[See the Preview Video]There is nothing better to solidify the students understanding of Energy than to have them build and test out their mouse trap cars. Many times, students look forward to this project all year. This project allows students to visualize how elastic potential energy converts to k
This is a great activity which can combine logical problem solving skills and either writing or oral presentation skills. It is the Amazing Mouse Trap. There are 24 cards which you have your students cut out and put together in order to make the machine work. (The idea came from the game Mouse Tra
Have your students build a mouse trap as part of a STEM project inspired by Rube Goldberg Machines. Works well with a simple machine unit. Contains optional directions for using the app Pic Collage (and directions are included too).
Mouse Trap Ideas
This is a comprehensive packet for students to complete as they construct Mouse Trap Cars. This file is a PDF I have also included a link to the Google Docs version if you prefer to work in that platform, which allows you to edit as needed. The document includes teacher checkpoints after each step o
Something is rotten in the state of Denmark! Can you foil the dastardly King Claudius and catch this murderous monarch in the jaws of his very own Mouse-Trap? Drive student engagement through the roof with this comprehensive Escape Room simulation in a race against the clock as students use knowledg
Mouse is trying to get to a yummy piece of cheese, but he has to watch out for cat (who wants to eat him). Kids gets lots of practice reading cvc words with this super fun learning game. What better way to learn??!!
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This project is a great culminating activity for your Motion and Forces unit! Students will design, construct, and test a mousetrap-powered toy car. The list of materials needed for building the cars is included along with links for obtaining all of the materials.This project has four phases includi
This engineering design challenge takes students through the process of designing and engineering a mousetrap car that can travel 40 feet only powered by a single mousetrap. Students will have to apply certain physical science concepts such as potential energy, kinetic energy, energy transformation
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The Mousetrap lesson plan contains a variety of teaching materials that cater to all learning styles. Inside you'll find 30 Daily Lessons, 20 Fun Activities, 180 Multiple Choice Questions, 60 Short Essay Questions, 20 Essay Questions, Quizzes/Homework Assignments, Tests, and more. The lessons and ac
Testing Mousetrap Cars is designed for middle school and high school science students. What better way to learn about motion, forces and energy than by building and testing a mousetrap car? Students will pick one variable to manipulate and then build and test their mousetrap cars by collecting dat
This project is a new spin on an old favorite. Check out the video preview here!Instead of having students complete a paper packet of instructions and drawings, I use an electronic portfolio to guide them through the steps of the project and explain directions. Students add their drawings and pictur
This Stem Activity project is a hands on approach to learning. Students use science, technology, engineering, and math to construct this project. They also use reading, writing, critical thinking, cooperative learning and more.
Students use a 4 page packet to plan, design, construct and reflect on
Mouse trap physics shows student the tips and tricks of building a mouse trap car. This lesson teaches students the physics of a mouse trap and how to use the information to build a winning mouse trap car. The lesson concentrates on explaining how the laws of physics and mechanics affect performanc
Here is my mousetrap car packet where your students DO NOT need to have an engineering notebook - I have space provided so they can do their sketches, analysis questions, research, and more. I have included if you would like to have your students use their engineering notebooks, a notebook checklis
In this activity, students use the engineer design challenge to build and revise mouse trap cars, collecting data and reflecting after each design revision. The process helps students consider the process of designing, reflecting, problem-solving, revising, etc. as engineers do as they innovate, des
This is a handout to be used with the classic board game, "Mouse trap."Students analyze and record the various simple machines they find that make up the game. It's suitable for upper elementary. Thhis is a great activity for "systems thinking".
In this activity the students will create a mousetrap-powered car. The car will use the spring in the mousetrap to pull a wheel and push the car forward. The students can build the car to travel fast (quick acceleration) OR to travel a great distance – you decide!The students will follow a step-by-s
Students will create mouse trap catapults from mouse traps, craft sticks, plastic spoons and duct tape. Students will launch ping pong balls and record initial height, time and distance for 9 trials. They will then find the average air time and average distance. Next, they will substitute in their
This STEM Lessons and Challenges unit focuses on simple machines (wheel and axle). Students are challenged to design and create a humane mousetrap that captures mice in a bucket for release somewhere else. This unit includes a teacher support page, science concept and visual literacy pages, a challe