The Mousetrap Machine Show combines Science, Math and Art to teach students about how the five essential simple machines work: the Lever, the Wheel, the Pulley, the Inclined Plane and the Screw.
Throughout the assembly, over twenty student volunteers demonstrate the workings of these five simple machines using eye popping oversized balloon sculptures. Balloon wheels on a motorcycle really turn, pulleys really lift weights and balloon screws even fly through the air!
By the show’s close, these simple “balloon” machines are linked together to create a more complex “Rube-Goldberg style” mousetrap, in order to catch a runaway mouse.
By first demonstrating how each simple machine works, then showing how they can work together to form more complex structures, students learn first-hand how machines in their life are engineered to solve problems.
A truly innovative and unique science assembly, the Mousetrap Machine Show inspires student audiences to a lifelong interest in science.
The five simple machines demonstrated in the show are those essential to understanding more complex machines. After each machine is introduced in the show, students are taught how these components can be combined in unique ways to create a more complicated machine.
Students actively build problem solving skills by working out ways of combining five simple machines together to solve the problem of constructing a successfully functioning mousetrap design.
The unusual medium of balloons showcase the unlimited possibilities of creative thinking. The show’s use of oversized balloon constructions demonstrate to students that machines can be unconventional, or even take completely new forms never seen before!
”That was the most enriching hands-on learning experience ever! Each student walked away having learned something new. Engaging our children with a fresh perspective on simple machines was priceless to our school!”
“Your Show was Innovative and Fun – I especially appreciated how the students became part of the show’s big mousetrap machine finale. Thank you for your professional and enthusiastic show”
“The Mousetrap Machine Show has a great approach to teaching and reinforcing learning about simple machines. I would recommend this show to others looking for a quality program.”
“The staff, the students and the PTO reps all LOVED this assembly! It was entertaining, it was educational and it held every single student’s complete attention for the entire program.”
The assembly fits directly into the curriculum for grades 3 & 4 but suitable for kindergarten through Grade 5.
Each assembly is approximately 45 minutes long. We can adjust the assembly length to suit your school’s schedule.
Yes! The Mousetrap Machine assembly was designed specifically to fit the science curriculum for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa.
Smarty Pants is an award-winning family entertainer with over 15 years of experience in front of youth audiences. We guarantee even your older students will be spellbound from the first minute until the last.
Rate is $599 for one show, $899 for a double show back to back, or $1199 for a triple assembly.
For a double assembly, we suggest one for grades K-2, and the second for grades 3-5. While the general content of both shows is the same, the show for grades 3-5 does include more advanced scientific principles and moves at a faster pace compared to the K-2 assembly.
Yes! Smarty Pants can present the Mousetrap Machine assembly for your school’s science night. He’ll even use a few select parents as show volunteers, to the delight of your students!
Drop us a line through our Contact Page – we generally book up our available dates fast, but often can accommodate your desired assembly date.