Doc Fizzix Mousetrap Racers by Alden J Balmer


Doc Fizzix Mousetrap Racers by Alden J Balmer

Written by an award-winning science teacher, this entertaining and engaging educational reference for teachers, parents and kids of all ages features full-colour, step-by-step directions for constructing a champion mousetrap-powered racer in addition to the plans for 7 additional racers. This book provides a fun weekend activity for the whole family and an engaging source of science and engineering information that doesn't read like a textbook!


Mousetrap Racers: The Complete Builder's Manual ($14.95) may be the one book you add to your homeschool curriculum collection that gets dad more involved in your homeschool. It is not curriculum in the sense of a textbook or a unit study guide. However, Mousetrap Racers is definitely a great learning tool. Written by Alden J. Balmer, also known as Doc Fizzix, this book goes beyond the how-to-build-it instructions the title implies; it explains the physics behind mousetrap cars as it gives both details and easy-to-follow directions for building. Reading through the text and studying the many detailed illustrations, it is easy to forget you're learning about principles like friction (fluid and surface), motion, traction, and energy. While most of the academics are snugly hidden in Chapter 2, the principles are reinforced throughout the text. Some of the illustrations are humorous, and all of them are clear. More advanced racers and building techniques are presented later in the book. Included in these are Doc Fizzix's super-secret tips for improving distance racers. Of course, we won't spoil the fun by revealing these. Suffice it to say, both dad and child will probably want to move on to more advanced methods of building better and faster cars. For those who do get hooked, there is a chapter devoted to just in case techniques and a chapter on advanced science labs. Do these and give your student credit for having a good time learning important physics concepts. Any home center has an ample supply of mousetraps, but what about the guy who just wants a kit? We went out and bought parts at the home center and acquired several PSA discs from a local radio station to serve as wheels. That's probably the most economical way to get the goods you need to build a racer. For those who would prefer a kit, Doc Fizzix has a website devoted to all things mousetrap racing at There are kits, science labs, and building guides for all types of racers--balloon, rubber band, and, of course, mousetraps. The first step is to get your hands on a copy of Mousetrap Racers: The Complete Builder's Manual, the definitive guide for the dad who wants a fun way to get his feet wet as a homeschool teacher.

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144 pages


Alden J Balmer
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Publication date

31st January 2008



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