Pinball Engineering Workshop

Mark Gibson presented a Pinball Engineering workshop on Mar 9, 2018
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Workshop started with some time for students to play the pinball machine and familiarize themselves with its features and objectives which should provide some context for explanations later in the class. Then with everything turned off, we went through a short summary of electric current, switches and magnetic fields to explain basic Boolean logic and how relays and solenoids work. Using those principles we explored working examples (flipper, pop bumper, etc.). Then we opened up the pinball machine and explored how various parts of the game work using the ideas we’ve covered.




Summer at the BTU

Things have quieted down over the summer, but that doesn’t mean nothing’s happening in the lab! Lots of students have still come by to work on projects, and we have an ongoing class as well as an upcoming workshop.

A few of our members are working on an entry for the Autonomous Vehicle Competition. So far that means we’ve hacked a razor scooter into a precarious speed demon! We need all the help we can get, so if you’re interested in joining us (and maybe riding a cool car), email Cicada ( to be added to the email list.

Kristof working on our car for the Autonomous Vehicle Competition

The Arduino class is ongoing and meets most Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30. Check the calendar for a more detailed schedule! While the class is several projects in, all work is done out of a Sparkfun guide so you can catch up pretty quickly. The class requires the Sparkfun Inventor’s Kit, but there is no cost and no prerequisites. Email Wayne ( for more information.

Last but not least, there will be a beginner’s soldering workshop on Monday, 7/24 from 3PM to 5:30PM. Join us and make your own light-up badge, just like the ones from the Red Hat Summit! No prior experience required, and we’ll provide everything you need to learn. Hope to see you there!