Pin Game Design Class at PPM

Melissa Harmon and Kaushik Basu teaching Physics with Pinball

In this class, a group of girls designed and built pingames on metal grids using quilting pins and marbles.

Melissa Harmon, curator at PPM, and Kaushik Basu, physics teacher, worked with the students to look at early historic pingames to see how the pins were arranged on the board. Students were introduced to probability and how high scores should result from the most difficult shots. Students then drew their own artwork, and placed their pins to make an original game of their own. Students then played each other's games and took slow motion photos to show pin collisions.