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Caldwell Students Win Widener Mousetrap Competition

Five teams from James Caldwell High School's Science and Technology Club travel to Philadelphia for annual challenge.

A team of James Caldwell High School juniors recently earned the highest overall score at the Widener University Mousetrap Competition in Philadelphia. 

Erika Axe and Nicole Palazzo were one of five teams from Caldwell’s Science and Technology Club to compete in the event last month under the guidance of club advisor Robert Dubas. The duo earned the most points with their entry, “Mickey’s Revenge.”

The annual competition at Widener challenges students from throughout the mid-Atlantic region to build a mouse-trap powered device. This year’s design challenge was to create a device that would shoot ping pong balls through mouse holes, or targets.

Depending on their size and position, the targets had point values of one, three or five points.

Erika and Nicole made it to the final round and were the only competitors to make the five-point target.

Other Caldwell students who competed in the event were Corinne Cannavale and Sean Buckley with their device "The Cat-apult,” Brian Knight and Greg Mercado with their device "N.A.R.F.", Ethan Meth and Tom Mathews and with their device "Mercy Rule", and Kyle Jackson with his device "The Anti-Mousetrap."


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