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Issue Date: Vol. 53, No. 12, December 2013, Posted On: 12/11/2013

Stern Pinball Hosts Educational Factory Visit For Schoolchildren

Tim Sanford
TAGS: pinball machine, Stern Pinball, pinball factory tour, Academy of Global Citizenship, John Borg, amusement machine, coin-op news

MELROSE PARK, IL -- Stern Pinball Inc. recently conducted its fourth annual factory tour for second-grade students of the Academy of Global Citizenship (Chicago), a charter school located on the city's underserved southwestern side. This year, 50 students visited the Stern plant to get a close and detailed look at the way in which complex electromechanical equipment is designed and manufactured.

This AGC class learns how to design simple machines as part of its coursework, and visits the Stern factory every fall. Instruction this year included the preparation of technical drawings and their use in fabricating and assembling the components of a pinball machine. They also had ample time to experience the results of these activities by playing the many games on display in the pinball plant's arcade.

Headquartered just outside Chicago, Stern Pinball is the world's leading manufacturer of flipper games. Its talented creative and technical teams design, engineer and manufacture arcade-quality amusement apparatus including such popular titles as Avengers, X-Men, AC/DC, Tron, Transformers, Avatar, Iron Man, Batman and Spiderman. Stern equipment is enjoyed by pinball enthusiasts and casual players around the world.

photos | GAME DESIGN 101: Stern Pinball engineer John Borg (r.) explains the elements of laying out a playfield to 2nd-graders from Chicago's Academy of Global Citizenship.

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