We were fortunate enough to receive a mini-grant of approximately $600 from our Washington County Education Foundation to purchase a class set of Turing Tumble, along with some spare parts, to build a lesson around "How Computers Work". I am very excited to be able to work on this this summer. Turing Tumble is advertised as building a marble-powered machine. Students will be studying inputs and outputs. We will be building a mechanical machine to perform a specified action or actions to create a pre-determined output. This is all supported by a graphical novel story to draw on student interest.
Prior to doing this mini-grant project, my administration was gracious enough to purchase one kit to try. I took that opportunity to gauge student interest in this activity and it was an overwhelming success. I am looking forward to working on this summer and sharing out more in the fall!
Elementary Encore teacher, teaching STEM and Computer Science. I am an advocate for STEM education and computational thinking by the means of Computer Science, Coding and Technology skills.