Building a better mousetrap (car)

Concord High School senior, Michael Sedutto, is seen working on a project at his house for a relatively new class to CHS, Physics of Machines, open to grades 10, 11, and 12. Last year, the 2020-21 school year, was the first year for this new class. Students spend time learning about different physical and mechanical principles, including a project in which they make mousetrap-powered cars. He made light of the his project, saying “when in doubt, Google it.” The class is taught by Phil Clarner, and has been thought of a success so far in its time. According to the Program of Studies, “this course investigates the nature of circular motion, the forces involved, and the torque that creates change in it. In addition, this course explores the fundamental force behind ‘electricity’ and the ways we have harnessed it.”