Turing Tumble in the Classroom
Turing Tumble offers students the opportunity to peek under the hood of computers and discover how they work. It is hands-on, fun, easy to learn and the logic is all right there in front of them. It works great in math stations, unit studies, for learning engineering concepts, introducing computer science principles, or for free choice time.
What do I need to know to teach with Turing Tumble?
You don't have to install an app or charge a device: just pull it out of the box and it is ready to go! If students are able to read, Turing Tumble is self-guided. An instructor might want to work through a few problems on their own to get familiar with the puzzle book and parts.
Appropriate Age Range
Turing Tumble is for ages 8 to adult - and that is not a stretch! We find that kids 8-12 are able to get through the first 20-30 puzzles. Adults get addicted by puzzle 27, and their minds are blown by puzzle 35. Younger kids enjoy the first 10 and building their own computers.
The Turing Tumble Practice Guide is a free companion to Turing Tumble. The purposes of this guide are:
- To cement important concepts. Practice challenges give another opportunity to apply what you learned.
- To offer hints when you’re stuck. Solve a practice challenge or read the explanation of the solution. This guide lowers the learning curve.
- To learn how puzzle solutions work. Each solution has an explanation that describes how it works.
- To offer the puzzles in an easily printable black and white format. Make as many copies as you like.
In the next few months, we'll be releasing a Turing Tumble Educator Guide and other free online resources to explore and expand Turing Tumble's use in the classroom.
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