Summer 2017 Course Guide


Many thanks to the nine students in the SAMS 2017 Pinball Lab for their great work, and many thanks to our great TA for all her support. The students developed an innovative two-player pinball game concept centered on head-to-head play with ‘Portal’ tunnels between the two boards. This choice drove the entire design, requiring steeply tilted playfields, new time-based game logic with multi-player multi-ball scoring, and the introduction of ‘sabotage’ pop bumpers and spinners directly controlled by the opponent. Not all details came together within the four-week design and build phase, but the students learned a great deal and produced an excellent prototype.

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Please note: this site is from a previous course iteration and is no longer updated.

Welcome to the SAMS 2017 electronics lab: “Engineering a Pinball Machine.” This is the starting page for the course guide, including the syllabus, assignments, and reference materials.