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.
"It was important that the application worked on tablets and mobile devices because my nephew doesn’t have access to a computer. I wanted to be able to see what he was thinking and make suggestions without struggling to explain it or have him wave the tablet around to show me. The first version of tumble together just let you drag parts into a grid that was shared with the other person. After adding a few more features it became clear it could be useful to others, so I polished it up and made it so lots of people could use it at once."
In Turing Tumble, ramps are like wires and the marbles are like electricity. When you place ramps on the board, you are making the paths the marbles can travel, just like how wires make the paths through which electricity can travel.
The switches in computer processors and in Turing Tumble are flipped by the same type of energy they control. This allows for one switch to cause another switch to flip. As you work through the puzzles in Turing Tumble, you’ll discover how this one, simple property makes it possible to build machines of limitless capability!
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.