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Merrimack B&GC
Pinball design!

A first for me as well as the kids, Pinball design looks to be a fun and exciting class where the kids will be able to learn many aspects of science/physics while building a working pinball machine.  These machines are gravity driven and made from very common and easy to find parts.  

Basically, the base of the machine is made from 1/4" pegboard.  We make a border around the board using drinking straws which tightly fit the holes in the peg board.  We then make "traps" using small lengths of straw to form shapes that will trap the 1" diameter ball that we use.  The board is propped up on one end and the ball launched from a ramp onto the board.  Gravity then causes the ball to bounce around trying to get to the bottom of the board while having to navigate all of the traps.  If a trap captures the ball the points of that trap are added to the players overall score.

The class is broken up into teams of two where they share the duties (switching each week) of Engineer, Materials Manager, Documentation Manager, and Presenter.  In this way the kids are exposed to many different aspects of what goes into designing a device and they also know throughout the class what their responsibilities are.

On the left is a photo album of the many pictures from this session.  I will do my best to post photo's from each week of the session.  The photo's will be loaded in chronological order (meaning the newest pictures will be on the bottom). 

If you see a photo of your child that you would like, send me an email with the filename of the photo and I can send you a high resolution version of the picture, suitable for framing.  

Enjoy this photo album!  Click on a thumbnail on the left to get a full size image in this panel.


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