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Pittsford Community Library Ball Maze Machine

The Pittsford Community Library Team was tasked to design and manufacture an interactive ball maze machine. Upon completion, the model will be moved and displayed within the children’s lofted play area of the Pittsford Community Library. The main goal of this project was to deliver a fully functioning ball maze display, decorated with laser cut wooden designs of landmarks across Rochester. Combining elements of STEM and history, the team hoped to create a fun and educational display that children, as well as all library visitors, can enjoy.

Team Members

Ashley Sok
Fresia Nova
Michael Audet
Colin Neeson


Christopher Muir, PhD, Mechanical Engineering, UR


Pittsford Community Library Director Amanda Madigan & Children’s Librarian Jeanne Steinbrenner

Project Description

Aside from reading, one of the ways that children learn best is through play and interaction. This cannot be done, however, if there is limited access to these devices and systems. The Pittsford Community Library’s specific case had initially reflected this problem. They were interested in increasing the number of interactive elements available in their children play space, but did not have such systems readily at hand. Therefore building an interactive ball maze and filling that gap will allow for the children to engage with new, fun, and educational elements, while further stimulating their minds and sense of imagination. This will then also bring benefits to the general community in helping to positively improve everyone’s experiences while visiting the library.

Progress Summary

Interactive 3D CAD Model Representation

Progress Video


The team would first like to recognize and acknowledge the sponsors for this project, Amanda Madigan and Jeanne Steinbrenner from the Pittsford Community Library, for their time in meeting and discussing with the team over the course of the project development. The team would also like to thank Professor Christopher Muir, Mike Pomerantz, Chris Pratt, Jim Alkins, Molly Over, and Derick White, for their guidance with the general project process, feedback during Manufacture Readiness Review, and assistance during physical manufacture and assembly.