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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2011

     

    January 23, 2011

    Lesson for the Day: Life is a Rat Race
    Jean Sullivian, January 23, 2011

    Caption: Photo: Student sets his mouse trap-powered vehicle on the starting line.
     

    JACKSON, NEW JERSEY How do you build a better mouse trap? You use that mouse trap as a means to power a vehicle! Students from several programs at the Ocean County Vocational Technical School’s Jackson Center took part in a challenge to build a vehicle powered solely by means of a mouse trap.


    “The project,” explains Motorsports Technology Instructor John Fager “was to apply the theories of torque, power and gear ratios.” Students could use any materials on hand to design and build a vehicle as long as they used a standard Victor brand mouse trap as their power source. The vehicle which could travel the farthest distance down the hallway would be deemed the best design.


    Student from Lacey, emerged as the top contender. His car, made from the mouse trap, wood veneer, aluminum tube axels and 4 CD ‘wheels’ traveled an amazing 71+ feet consistently during several trials. Second place went to Justin Hammond, from Manchester, with a distance of 50 feet 3 inches and Jared Seals, of Jackson took third place with a distance of 41 feet.


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