Puzzles and games using small ball bearings have been around for hundreds of years. They come in many different forms ranging from simple “get the ball in the hole” type games to mazes and obstacle courses. A small toy company has asked to create a prototype for a new ball bearing game to be used by younger children.
Design and manufacture a prototype ball bearing game or puzzle.
The prototype should be targeted at young children between the ages of 4 and 10 years old. The prototype should not only be fun, but should also be safe for young children to play with.
To analyse is to break something down into its simplest form in order to interpret or understand it more clearly.
This analysis involves listing, and answering, as many questions as you can think of regarding your project. The questions will vary from project to project but usually the majority of these questions are the same, whatever the project you are attempting.
By completing an analysis of this project it will help you to understand the task more clearly.
Download the Analysis of the Brief document below and complete the analysis diagram found at the bottom of the page.
PDF Format: Ball Bearing Analysis of the Brief.pdf
Now that you have analysed the task, start sketching out some ideas for what your game might look like.
Remember the answers you came up with in your analysis and use these as a guide when designing.
Try to be original and innovative, make your designs look interesting and attractive!
Download and print this page to sketch your ideas on:
PDF Format: Ball Bearing Design Ideas.pdf
Check out the example below.
Struggling to come up with any ideas for your Ball Bearing game?
For your homework you should conduct some research into the Ball Bearing game you are trying to design.
In your research you should try to find more information and details to the questions you answered in the Analysis of the Brief.
You can use whatever resources you have available in school or at home. You could look in books, magazines or catalogs, or conduct a survey asking potential customers what they think. The best place to start is most commonly the Internet.
Level 3 - I am beginning to find out information for my self but this is mainly presented verbally.
Level 4 - I can collect information from the internet or catalogues and present it on paper.
Level 5 - I can collect information about the features of a product from 2 different sources, and select the relevant parts to put in my work (using my own words).
Download the template below to display the research you have collected.
PDF Format: Ball Bearing Research.pdf
So to sum up...