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The crossover acts like two wires crossing over each other, but not touching each other. Electricity can move along each of the wires, but the crossing paths don’t interfere with each other. It would be impossible to create complicated circuits without wires that cross. Because the crossover allows the paths of the marbles to cross over each other without interfering with the path of the next marble, they are performing one small component of what happens in a circuit board.

Turing Tumble has helped me conceptualize what is inside an electronic computer because it is a mechanical computer that allows us to feel, hear, and see how a computer works.  It has helped me tremendously to visually interpret the path of switches connected together performing clever tasks. Turing Tumble not only engages learners with multiple modalities, it helps educators, who may be as confounded as I was, how to teach logic, coding and programming.
Welcome to Turing Tumble in the classroom! We are excited to help you and your students jump in to a new adventure that will teach everyone how to use a mechanical computer while solving satisfying challenges and even teach some important skills such as coding, logic and more! We will walk you through this process step by step and supply you with all of the resources needed to make this lesson run smoothly. 

So how do we teach computing skills in a competitive culture of learning without an overexposure of screen-time while also nurturing a child’s sense of creativity, spontaneity, and collaboration?

Here is a list of educational tools (some which have educator resources for implementing into the classroom) that will allow students to develop some pretty amazing/computational skills broken down by age. ALL are STEM based and screen free: