PHOTO GALLERY: Energy efficiency as mousetrap cars unzip spring-loaded power

It’s an annual derby that gets the imaginations of 6th Grade students as well as their parents going

It’s an annual derby that gets the imaginations of 6th Grade students as well as their parents going. Following an annual science class tradition, mousetrap cars of all shapes, sizes and colors were recently put through their paces at the Marco Island Charter Middle School. The yearly exercise, under the watchful (and sometimes amused) eye of science teacher Dr. Vincent Albanese, is to demonstrate the transfer of the spring energy into kinetic energy, hence the movement of the cars down the gymnasium floor. Some cars were worthy of any toy company, while others were clearly student-built, but the end result, says Dr. Albanese, each year, was the same: An improved concept of energy on the part of the young students.

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