December 21, 2011
Tanner Hampton, 14, a Craig Middle School eighth-grader, tweaks his mousetrap car Tuesday during the school’s 15th annual mousetrap car rally in the CMS gym. Students used a variety of materials, including CDs and vinyl records, to construct their cars.
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Slowly but steadily, Tanner Hampton’s mousetrap car crept away from the starting line Tuesday morning. His car didn’t make it to the other end of the Craig Middle School gym, where he and other eighth-graders participated in the 15th annual mousetrap car rally. But, the 12 hours he spent on the project was far from a loss. If nothing else, it helped him understand how some of the simplest machines work. “I learned how friction has a lot to do with how things move and operate,” he said, examining his car after its run across the polished hardwood.