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Life-sized 'Mousetrap' teaches physics

Oct. 11, 2012 at 11:35 AM

DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The creator of a life-sized version of the Hasbro board game "Mousetrap" said in Michigan the goal is to teach physics -- and crush a car.

Mark Perez, who brought his creation to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, said his Rube Goldberg device is based on the Hasbro game, but instead of ending with a mouse in a cage it concludes by crushing a junked Hyundai, CNN reported Thursday.

Perez said it took him 13 years and 50,000 pounds of objects to build his "Life Size Mousetrap" and the machine takes five days and a crew of 10 to assemble each time it is moved to a new location.

"One of our major goals is to teach kids and adults about the physics that surround us," Perez said. "Give us the really unplugged vision -- you know it's not wired in. It's the real thing with counterweights and science and engineering."

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