Angry Birds Game – Fall 2015, ENGR 101 Final Project

Angry Birds Game – Fall 2015 ENGR 101 Final Project

Design and build a model of a real life Angry Birds game. It should be considered a prototype for presentation to potential customers for manufacture based on your design.


The objective of this project is to design and build a working model of a real life Angry Birds game. The design must include a launcher/shooter, a re-usable collapsible structure, and a points scoring system. As part of the evaluation of the design, teams must conduct a comprehensive calibration of their launcher and show their result/findings in Excel spreadsheet similar to those covered in class. A sketch or drawing of some part of the design is also required.



  1. The model must be safe in its construction and use, and may not create a mess.
  2. There are no limits as to the materials that can be used, however, material costs cannot exceed $40. All materials must be supplied by the group.
  3. The game must be “packable” into a box no larger than 30” x 18” x 8”.
  4. Energy sources for the projectile shooter may be springs, elastic, or potential energy. Ignition and compressed air are not permitted. The shooter may be any mechanical device that “throws” the projectile. (ie slingshot, catapult, crossbow). It must be possible to: set the force (at least 3 setting); OR initial angle (at least 3 settings) of the projectile. It must be something that can be set or pulled to a line, stop, or setting. A freely held shooter is not permitted.
  5. Analysis must include a table of angle and/or force settings based on height and distance of the desired target using projectile motion equations. Launcher calibration results (actual versus theoretical) must be incorporated into an Excel spreadsheet. This analysis must appear on both your tech report and poster in the form a graphs and/or tables.
  6. The projectile must be a soft object such as stuffed animal, hacky sack, bean bag or pillow. Maximum weight of the projectile is 6 oz. Hard or sharp objects that would harm a person are strictly prohibited. Multiple weights and sizes are permissible.
  7. Collapsible structure must be re-usable and lightweight. (ie Foam boards, cardboard). It must be an Angry Birds replica. (A stack of plastic cups is not acceptable.)




Your grade for the project is based on a combination of your design, how well you do in the demonstration and poster presentation, the final technical report. The handling of planning and control of the project during design and construction will be graded separately as homework. For full credit:

  • Your model must adhere to the rules. The model must be professional looking, well planned and well executed. (40%)
  • Create a technical poster and elevator pitch based on the guidelines from this course. It should neat, well organized, and informative, and your poster presentation should be professional. (20%)
  • Generate a formal technical report using the guidelines from this course. It should explain the design and function of your model, how it was conceived, designed, and executed, and include the required analysis.   (40%)


Poster Presentations will be conducted Sunday, December 6 in the ESB, 1-6 pm

DELIVERABLES – Note that the weekly submission requirements change:

I will not collect meeting minutes for this project, but expect you to keep them for each meeting. I may ask you to show them to me at any time. All team members should have copies. You should use the 5-step design process discussed in class, and it should be reflected in your weekly summaries. Each of these is a one-per-team assignment.

Oct 21/22 Team charter, Gantt chart, executive summary of your planned approach. This should include your team’s plan to tackle the problem (when to meet, how to assess designs, etc), not a design. It is not even required at this point to have selected which project. Hard copies.

Oct 28/29 Executive summary progress report and updated Gantt chart (hard copy) Select the option, include proof of concept designs and analysis of at least TWO possible designs to complete the project.

Nov 4/5: Executive summary progress report and updated Gantt chart (hard copy). Include a draft of the Introduction, Problem Statement, and Objective of the tech report.

Nov 11/12: Executive summary progress report and updated Gantt chart (hard copy) Include a draft of the Background section of the tech report that includes the theory behind how your design works. You must include at least three relevant sources at this point, and five for the final draft.

Nov 18/19: Executive summary progress report and updated Gantt chart (hard copy). Include a detailed list of individual assignments for the break.

Dec 2/3: Create and be able to show a first draft of your poster. Show the required orthographic projection and isometric or oblique drawing that you intend to use in your tech report. See the Tech report requirement below.

December 6 in the ESB, 1-6 pm: Poster and model presentations. Exact times for your team to be there will be determined before the date. This is a required event, for which you will get no credit if you are not there. If you have a time conflict, you must make prior arrangements with me. There may be opportunities to present on a different day.

Dec 7/8: Technical report. Hard copy in class AND one team member must upload to ecampus. The technical report must include all of the analysis, and it must include at least one orthographic projection and either oblique or isometric drawing of a part from your design, and at least five properly cited sources. All students should plan to come to class that day. That will be our last class meeting, as there is no written final for this class.

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