Ready to take a trip to the arcade? In this activity, we are going back in time to the first creation of pinball machines. There needed to be a prototype, right? Using gravitational energy (the potential energy that is associated with the gravitational field), we’re going to make our prototype pinball machines.
The laws of physics apply to how a pinball machine works. Principles of force, mass, acceleration, gravity, friction and all the combined teachings of Newton appear in pinball machines. Objects in motion tend to stay in motion and every action produces an equal and opposite reaction!
***IMPORTANT NOTE: Please view "Caine's Arcade" on YouTube with your classroom to introduce them to this project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U