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Pinball machine

The simple pinball machine in this activity is made from a cardboard box, with ice lolly sticks as the flippers. It provides a great opportunity to explore the science of forces and motion. Game on!

Learning outcomes

  • Investigate simple mechanisms and Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Use observation, curiosity and creative problem-solving skills
  • See how levers and simple mechanisms have useful applications in our everyday lives

Downloadable resources

SMG Learning Activities – Pinball Power (PDF Document)

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