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.
|Switches and electric current|
|Solenoids, relays and electromagnetism|
|Flippers, coils and power|
|Electromagnets and acceleration|
|Chimes, vibrations and pitches|
more to come...
Studying complete designs is another good way to understand how simple components work together to behave in complex ways.
Here are some ideas to try if you're building your own PinBox 3000 or similar game.
|Cardboard Pinball Pop Target instructions|
|Scoring and sound system||Scoring and Sound system|