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The rules you will find on this page have been reviewed by many different organizations and teachers that conduct mouse trap car challenges. They all agree that these rules are the same in spirit of challenge as contest that are currently been conducted around the world. In an effort to have some uniformity around the country we present these rules as the official rules. If your school would like to participate in a mousetrap powered vehicle competition, we would enjoy the challenge! As schools submit their winning entries, they will be added to the mousetrap car
Records Page. We keep the top 10 from around the world current! Check back often to see who has made it to the mousetrap car Records Page. Anytime during the school year. As others participate, we will include the names, distances, and possible pictures of the top ten winners from all the schools that participate.

  mouse trap car distance contest

OBJECTIVE:
Build a vehicle powered solely by the energy of one standard-sized mouse trap, (1 3/4" X 3 7/8"), that will travel the greatest linear distance.

By definition, a vehicle is a device with wheels or runners used to carry something, (e.g., car, bus, bicycle or sled). Therefore, launching a ball, (e.g., marble) from the mousetrap will be ruled illegal.

REGULATIONS:
1. The device must be powered by a single Victor brand mouse trap (1 3/4" X 3 7/8") Other brands may be used if permitted.
2. The mousetrap can not be physically altered except for the following: 4 holes can be drilled only to mount the mousetrap to the frame and a mousetrap's spring can be removed only to adjust the length of the its lever arm.
3. The device cannot have any additional potential or kinetic energy at the start other than what can be stored in the mousetrap's spring itself. (This also means that you cannot push start your vehicle.)
4. The spring from the mousetrap cannot be altered or heat treated.
5. The spring cannot be wound more than its normal travel distance or 180 degrees.
6. Vehicles must be self-starting. Vehicles may not receive a push in the forward direction or side direction.
7. The vehicle must steer itself. Measurements of distance will not measure the total distance traveled only the displacement distance.
8. Distance will be measured from the front of the tape at the starting line to the point of the vehicle that was closest to the start line at the time of release.
9. The instructor has the final decision as to the appropriateness of any additional items that might be used in the construction of the racer.

RUNNING THE CONTEST:
1. The race track can be any smooth level floor, a gymnasiums or a non-carpeted hallway.
2. Each contestant will be given three attempts.. The winner will be that racer which has obtained the greatest distance on any one of the three attempts. Any ties will be decided by a single run off between the racers which tied.


mouse trap car speed contest

OBJECTIVE:
Build a vehicle, powered solely by the energy of one standard-sized mouse trap, (1 3/4" X 3 7/8"), that will travel a 5-meter linear distance in the shortest amount of time.

By definition, a vehicle is a device with wheels or runners used to carry something, as a car, bus, bicycle, or sled. Therefore, launching a ball, such as a marble from the mousetrap will be ruled illegal.

REGULATIONS:
1. The device must be powered by a single Victor brand mouse trap (1 3/4" X 3 7/8") Other brands may be used if permitted.
2. The mousetrap can not be physically altered except for the following: 4 holes can be drilled only to mount the mousetrap to the frame and a mousetrap's spring can be removed only to adjust the length of the its lever arm.
3. The device cannot have any additional potential or kinetic energy at the start other than what can be stored in the mouse trap's spring itself. (This also means that you cannot push start your vehicle.)
4. The spring from the mousetrap cannot be altered or heat treated.
5. The spring cannot be wound more than its normal travel distance or 180 degrees.
6. Vehicles must be self-starting. Racers may not receive a push in the forward direction or side direction.
7. The vehicle must steer itself. Measurements of distance will not measure the total distance traveled only the displacement distance.
8. Racers can not receive a running start and must start as close as possible to the start line. Time of run will begin when any part of the vehicle passes over the start line and will ends when that same point passes over the 5-meter mark.
9. The instructor has the final decision as to the appropriateness of any additional items that might be used in the construction of the vehicle.

RUNNING THE CONTEST:
1. The race track can be any smooth level floor, a gymnasiums or a non-carpeted hallway.
2. Each contestant will be given three attempts.. The winner will be that racer which has obtained the greatest distance on any one of the three attempts. Any ties will be decided by a single run off between the racers which tied.


         

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