Let’s Make a Pinball Machine

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Let’s Make a Pinball Machine
Photo: The Scientific Mom
Photo: The Scientific Mom

Amy Oyler, The Scientific Mom is at it again. This time she has a great hands-on project to present: a pinball machine you can make with household materials! Amy says on her blog:

What can you do with a cardboard box, wooden skewers, marbles, and hot glue? You can make a pinball machine!

Amy describes the process of brainstorming, planning and making the pinball machine with her daughter. It is a great example of working through the creative design process with your kids.

The flippers are the most complicated, and Amy provides step by step instructions on making them.

Photo: The Scientific Mom
Photo: The Scientific Mom

The result is the most awesome, kid-designed, one-of-a-kind project that your child can make to the specifications of their own dreams.

Photo: The Scientific Mom
Photo: The Scientific Mom

Check out her blog post for more information, pictures and detailed instructions.

4 thoughts on “Let’s Make a Pinball Machine

  1. Izzabella Sayer says:

    Real cool play machine and very clever ………….thanks for the very cool idea ……

  2. Michelle Oyler says:

    Pinball machines were so much fun as a child and now even more fun making one.

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Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and author of How Things Are Made: From Automobiles to Zippers. Andrew is also an electronics and robotics enthusiast and has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children's Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Enrichment in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.

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