Small Boards
Game Build Details
Atomic Pinball Clock
Atomic Clock Build Details
Game Design Example



Fun With Pinball

What can you learn from pinball machines?

The devices on these pages demonstrate how individual pinball machine components work.  But taken a step further they can also be used to explain some fundamental principles of science and technology.  Topics that might seem intimidating, tedious or irrelevant may for some become more compelling when explained in the context of a large, tangible and entertaining pinball machine. 

The lessons that follow are intended to give the reader a taste of, or curiosity about the underlying science and technology, to make the topics less mysterious and a little easier to understand, and to encourage those who take interest to pursue more comprehensive sources in class, at the library or online.

Lessons from Pinball Machines

Game design example

Studying complete designs is another good way to understand how simple components work together to behave in complex ways.  Visit the game design example to understand how parts of The Puzzle from the Games page work in detail.