Man hopes Frederick pinball center will provide fun, learning

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Joe Said came to pinball late, but he talks about it with the zeal of a convert.

Said is planning to open the non-profit Pinball Education Center in mid-December at a location on East Street in Frederick, to provide a place both for fun and where people with autism and other disabilities can gather.

He hopes to use pinball as a learning tool for people with autism and to help children learn elements of science, technology, engineering and math education.

There are a lot of components to a pinball machine, and just being aware of how those things work and function with the machine’s buttons can be educational, he said.

“It’s not just a screen and some buttons,” he said.