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Year 9 - The Pinball Game

The Task

The school is intending to organise a Summer Fair to raise money. You have been asked to make a simple working pinball game / bagatelle for young children to play with. The game will be made from plywood, softwood, acrylic and card. It will have built into it a trigger mechanism.


1. A finished Pinball/ Bagatelle game-, Which will have an M.D.F base, a spring shooter, trigger, a card surround, pins and a slanting alley.
1. You will need to research Funfair art ( books, photographs e.t.c.)
2. You will need to create an image board of photocopies, wrappers, drawings and photographs. The image board will help you to decide upon a theme for your game.
3. You will need to experiment with graphic techniques; collage, montage, marbling, spray can art, stencils.
4. A working drawing ( orthographic drawing) of all three views.
5. A cutting list.
6. A diary of practical work.
7. A finished evaluation which includes testing

You will learn the following;

· How to make triggers from dowel rod.
· Construction skills using M.D.F, acrylic, card and softwood.
· An understanding of graphic techniques.
· Accurate marking out and measuring.
· An awareness of the need for quality of design and quality of construction.
· How to use an image board.
· How to use working drawings in your work.
· How to use cutting lists.

What preparation do I need to do?

1. Collect images for your image board.
2. Research fun-fair/carnival art.
3. Buy small balls for your game.

Programmes Of Study References

3a Identify appropriate sources of information that will help them with their designing;
3d Consider the needs and values of intended users and develop criteria for their design to guide thinking and form a basis for evaluation;
3f Consider the aesthetics, function, safety, reliability, and the cost of their designs;
3g Take account of the working characteristics and properties of the materials and components when deciding how and when to use them;
3h Prioritise and reconcile decisions on materials and components, production, time and costs within the design proposal;
4g Apply a range of finishing techniques appropriate to the material being used, taking into account the purposes to which the finished products will be put;
Pupils should be taught to distinguish between quality of manufacturing, in order to identify and use criteria that help them judge the quality of a product, including :

9a How far it meets a clear need;
9b Its fitness for purpose;
9c Whether it is an appropriate use of resources;

Technical Knowledge and Understanding

· How to create triggers from dowel rod, elastic bands and springs.
· Graphic Techniques.
· Construction skills using M.D.F, card and acrylic.
· Accurate marking out and measuring skills.

Tools and Equipment Needed

· M.D.F Elastic bands
· Card Marbles
· Drill bits Paint
· Pillar drill Hammers
· Pine Coping saws
· Panel pins Magazine images
· Nails Glass paper
· P.V.A wood glue Paint brushes
· Dowel rod
· Springs

Year 9 -Pinball game

The Task

To produce a simple working pinball machine. The game will be made from wood, acrylic and card and will have built into it a trigger mechanism.

Setting The Task

The school is intending to organise a Summer Fair to raise money. You have been asked to make a pinball game for children to play with.

Main Aims

1. To familiarise the pupils with the skilled use of hand tools and equipment.
2. To become familiar with graphic techniques such as collage, montage, airbrush work, templates and stencils.
3. To examine Carnival type graphics.
4. To be inventive when creating mechanisms and triggers.



· An understanding of graphic techniques.
· An awareness of the need for quality of both design and manufacture.


· Use of colour, layout, combination of a variety of materials, use of found images.
· The need for accuracy in layout and construction. Colour theory.

The Nature Of The Product

· A finished Pinball Game - which will have an M.D.F base, a spring shooter trigger, a card surround
pins and a slanting alley.
· An examination of Fun-Fair art.
· An image Board.
· Experimentation with graphic techniques. Collage, Montage, Marbling, Spray can art, Stencils.
· Initial ideas and Development ideas.
· A working Drawing of all three views.
· A cutting list.
· A diary of practical work , Finished evaluation including testing.