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Basic Mousetrap Vehicle

SKU: W57033
A Pitsco Exclusive


More than a mousetrap vehicle kit, this is a complete start-to-finish design activity. The student follows the design process and sees direct applications of science and technology as he or she designs and builds a mousetrap-powered vehicle and competes with classmates to design the fastest car or the car that goes the farthest.

Looking for standards-based activities to accompany these materials? The Mousetrap Vehicles Teacher’s Guide is available for print here, or you can download a digital copy for free here.

Order 30 kits to build a class pack!


Type: Project Kits Grades: 6-12


  • California Proposition 65 Warning:

    WARNING: This product contains one or more chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm.

What You'll Get

  • 2 predrilled balsa wood side rails
  • Balsa wood deck top
  • 2 brass axles
  • Brass lever arm
  • 4 DVD wheels
  • 4 spacers
  • 4 washers
  • Mousetrap
  • Axle hook
  • String


Learning Values

  • Simple machines
  • Force and motion
  • Newton’s laws
  • Problem solving
  • Systems
  • Troubleshooting
  • Technological design
  • Data analysis and predictions
  • Materials science
  • Circumference
  • Ratios
  • Measurements


  • Assembly Method: Gluing
  • Dimensions: 21" x 6"
  • Material: Balsa wood
  • Tools and Materials Required: White glue, ruler, hobby knife, wire cutter, and a drill or Dremel tool

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