Pinball Wizard: Big Picture


The goal of this project was to work together to create a pinball game. We chose a pinball machine because of the challenge and fun reward we would receive learning how to program and put one together. There were a few steps that had to be taken in order to meet this goal. First was to design the board and plan out what parts we needed. The theme of the board is a soccer themed pinball machine. So we needed two motors to act as the “goalie”. We also needed two pressure sensors in order to sense if a goal was made or a life was lost. Of course we needed wood, to build the board out of. Lastly we needed the parts that everyone recognizes from a pinball machine, the small silver ball, the plunger to shoot the ball into the playing field, the flippers that the player controls, and the score board. Once designed and all the pieces gathered, the next step was to build the board and program all the parts together. We did these steps simultaneously, with all of us bouncing back and forth (I see exactly what you did there-CKH) between helping build the board and working on getting all the motors and sensors working outside the board. Finally we were close enough finished with both of those steps that we put all the parts in the board and put the finishing touches on it.