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Turing Tumble - marble powered computing in the classroom

Harry Large, Newcastle University


The Turing Tumble is an interactive puzzle game, where users must solve logical challenges to build mechanical computers out marble runs. In this session we will look at how the Turing Tumble can be used to represent a simple computer. We will see how the combination of simple components can develop problem solving and computational thinking skills and explore key aspects of Computer Science such as binary arithmetic and logic gates. Hands-on use of both a physical marble run and an online simulation will demonstrate the flexibility of the approach.

Relevant Key Stages: KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5

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Harry Large's biography

Harry is a final year student at Newcastle University studying Computer Science. He has been involved with outreach activities throughout his degree and for the past year has had a placement with the School of Computing Outreach Team. As part of this, he has helped deliver outreach workshops with a variety of different schools, provided general support for outreach, and developed his own 0utreach workshop using the Turing Tumble as part of the School of Computing outreach programme.

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