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Year 1 engineering students bag first place in Mousetrap Car competition

Published: 10 May 2016
Winners of the mousetrap car contes
The team repurposed readily-available materials for their winning mousetrap car

Year 1 Engineering students from the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus have won the Mousetrap Car competition, last Wednesday, 27 April.

The winning team composed of Lee Kean Wee, Woon Tyen Likh, and Ow Zheng Yang created a mousetrap car with a very unassuming exterior but remarkably could cover a distance of 2 metres in 1.16 seconds.

Building a vehicle that will travel an 8-metre distance through obstacles in the shortest amount of time was the winning team’s main objective. Adding to the challenge was the fact that their car had to be powered solely by a standard-sized mousetrap provided by the competition organisers.

“All of the competing teams used the same mousetrap. The mousetrap’s spring cannot be altered or heat treated,” said Tyen Likh, a mechanical engineering student. “Designing and creating something unique using very similar specs was a real challenge for us.’’

The team repurposed readily-available materials such as old ballpoint pens, glue, shoe laces, as well as the balloons used recently at the university’s open day

‘’Competitions such as this make us bond and bring our ideas together into work,” reflected Kean Wee. “It’s great to have these opportunities to apply what we’ve learned from our lectures.”

“In hindsight, it was an exhausting period but all these challenges only kept us more excited to push boundaries. In the end, we realised that through winning, there’s still so much more to learn,” Zheng Yang concluded.

In addition, another Southampton team composed of Year 1 mechanical students Lim Si Zhe, Weldon Wong Kai Yoong, and Jayewardene Vinura Rogitha, won third place in the competition.

Held during the Mechanical Career Fair (MECAF) organised by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, the competition attracted nearly 100 participants. Six teams from Southampton participated in this competition.


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