Patrons use the engineering design process to build a pinball game with a launcher and interesting obstacles.
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You should really emphasize the engineering design process throughout this activity. The pinball games must be "play-tested" multiple times!
- Tickets or prizes may be distracting and time-consuming for the students
-Games must be heavily play-tested and revised
-Games should have thoughtful, complicated build elements
- The games should be somewhat complicated to build, but an easy, fun experience for players
-Design FIRST, on paper. Blueprint with dimensions and measurements, top, bottom, side views and cross-section if needed.
Daddy Engineer: Cardboard Playhouse
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[Suggest a book]
These children’s books all deal with various themes involved in engineering such as the engineering design process, specific projects such as building bridges or houses, and perseverance through failure.
• Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
• Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
• Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
• This Bridge Will Not Be Gray by Dave Eggers
• Cross a Bridge by Ryan Ann Hunter
• What To Do With an Idea? By Kobi Yamada
• Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
• Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
• The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
• The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
• How a House is Built by Gail Gibbons