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Mousetrap Racer Final Write-Up
Do you think it’s possible to make a small racing car be able to move by itself with the engine of a mousetrap? It is! We had to make groups and build a mousetrap racer with only a mouse trap for the engine. Overall I think our car turned out pretty good. The main things about our racer was that we had to change our original design to make it so the car could actually go. Our car had good parts to it and bad parts, and I think our cars grade should be a 95%. Those are some things about our mousetrap racers.
The final design of our car was very different than what we had originally designed. Our original design had two strings and it was going to steer itself. For our final design we ended up just turning the wheels so it would gradually turn itself and go around the corner. The final design of our car was also different because we ended up not having to use the whole that we drilled into the two pieces of wood. We also just put regular eye hooks on it to attach the wheels instead of making them be able to be steered. That is how the final design of our car was different than the original design.
Our project had a good side and a bad side. The bad side of our car was that it took so long to make it actually move and even when it did move it still didn’t make the turn. The good side to our car is that eventually it did move and it made it to line C. If we were going to do the project again and we did something different I would say that we would try to work faster so we had more time to work out the little problems in the car. We would also turn the wheels more so our car actually turned and maybe even made it past the finish line. That is the best and worst parts of our car and how we would do it differently if we built it again.
For our project I would give us a 95%. Why I would give us a 95% is because we worked so hard to at least get our car to go and even though it didn’t make it past the finish line it still made it up to line C. Another reason I would give my group and I a 95% is because we started out having no idea what we were going to do or how we were going to do it but we still ended up with an ok car. Also we worked on the car every class possible and didn’t waste time talking about things that were irrelevant. The most important thing is that we tried our best to get the project done the right way. That is why I would give myself and my group a 95%.
While doing this project I have learned a lot more than I thought I would. In the beginning I thought that I would be completely clueless during the whole project and we wouldn’t be able to do it. After my group and I started working on the car we all got the hang of it. One thing that I learned is that you don’t have to have a motorized engine to make something go. Another thing I have learned is that speed and velocity are very important when it comes to ending up passed the finish line and staying there. Also I have learned that if you want your car to pass the finish line there can be no glitches even if they are small, your car has to be problem free. That is what I learned while doing the mousetrap racer
Article posted October 19, 2011 at 12:03 PM •
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