STEAM Club Creates Original Pinball Machine | Saint Joseph Notre Dame High School


STEAM Club Creates Original Pinball Machine

SJND’s STEAM club is open to all students interested in science, technology, engineering, art and math. They engage in activities including robotics, annual Pi Day festivities and other fun projects throughout the year. Their most recent project was building a pinball machine, which the club decided was an ultimate combination of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Modeled after the French rally style, which eliminates the ball return of U.S. style machines, students built the machine with five targets: S, T, E, A, and M.

STEAM club students Andrew Delapo ’16, Greg Galvin ’16, Maverick Lara ’19, Meghan Riordan ’17, Katie Nocon ’16, and Rosie Compton ’17 had the opportunity to present their machine at the Bay Area Maker Faire. Maker Faire showcases makers who are exploring new forms and new technologies and is described as “part science fair, part county fair…an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors.” SJND students joined in to share their original creation.

Students spent hours at the three-day fair with faculty member and STEAM club moderator Andy McKee. They all left with more ideas to improve their machine, hoarse voices from explaining their project, and an invitation to the San Jose Maker Faire over Labor Day weekend. Pilot alumni from 1983-1992 even showed up to visit the SJND display and said they were encouraged to see how SJND continues to advance in science and design. STEAM club was honored to be represented amongstan illustrious Bay Area community of inventors and creators.

Here is a stop-action video of four hours from SJND’s booth at the Faire