On Friday, physics honors students partook in the annual “mousetrap car” test; a test of strength, durability, and willpower. The cars were powered by the spring of a mousetrap, and students typically used CD’s as wheels, although some were brash enough to use records and other circular-shaped materials. The cars were required to travel 10 meters in distance, and extra credit was awarded for travelling 20. It was recorded that one car broke the all-time school record, amassing a distance of over 55 meters.
Although the success rate was generally high, many cars had mechanical issues that required addressing throughout the day (including my own). Junior Andrew Rosario found out mid-construction, and only days prior to the test, that he had broken a critical rule regarding the design. He said, before the test, referring to the situation, “It took a while to think how exactly we wanted to build it….I was kind of mad [when we had to rebuild it] and now I’m kind of scared.”
The teachers got into the action, too: Physics teacer Stephen Messina could be spotted throughout the day helping students with drilling, sawing, and other means of woodworking. Despite the frenzy of adjusting and trialing and re-trialing and testing, Mousetrap Day was a success as always and business as usual.
Ben Schneider / Staff Writer