At several points in the Energy workshops we illustrate
energy principles with the "Cat-Traption." This "Rube Goldberg"
style machine incorporates most types of possible energy transfers
and conversions into a chain reaction. The action starts with a
cat playing with a feather and ends - several steps later - with
the cat happily feasting on the edible results. Here is an animated
version of the Cat-Traption for you to enjoy and to help you test
your understanding of how energy can travel and change.
You can watch a Complete
Run-Through of the animation as many times as you wish. When
you have become familiar with the steps in the chain reaction, you
can move on to the Cat-Traption Activity.
This animation will pause at several points and pose questions.
When you answer, you will be given more information. Enjoy and learn!