This activity is really fun to do with students. It provides an engineering and design challenge and a great way to introduce/reinforce simple machines. Students need to design and construct a car that is powered solely by a Mousetrap.
This is an open ended challenge will provide an opportunity for students to grapple and build up grit.
This was originally designed as a Hyperdoc but can also be used as a standalone worksheet. I've also include a Word version so you can taylor this challenge to your classroom needs. In addition, you'll find a rubric that can be used to assess student work.