Lancaster – Many think that rat traps are only used to catch rats. But, in Gary Lockwood's Engineering and Technology Overview class, rat traps are used to make competitive racing creations.
"They have been working to design it since the beginning of spring semester," said Lockwood. "The spring on the rat trap is the sole source of power permitted for their creation."
The students worked in two person teams and brought their finished products to the Ohio University Lancaster Brasee Hall gym on Wednesday, February 27 to have a rat trap competition.Lockwood said the creation that traveled the farthest distance was the winner.
Junior engineering major Austin Truex and partner Michael York, a junior criminal justice major, made their rat trap powered car with compact discs for wheels. The two named their creation "Thunder Cat."
"I just hope it doesn't break before it starts going," said York. "I'll be happy if it doesn't fall apart."
"We just want to pass," said Truex.
There are 14 students in Lockwood's class. Before the competition began, Lockwood had everyone line up along a starting line gym. Then, he had them release their rat traps one at a time.
Some of the creations traveled a far distance across the gym floor.Others did not work and could not get off the starting line. But, Lockwood said it was a good learning experience for all of students.
Truex and York did well in the competition. They were declared co-winners with one other team.