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Turing Tumble

Manufacturer: Turing Tumble

Recommended Age: Ages 8 and up

Availability: In stock



Warning: Choking Hazard

Shipping Weight: 2 pounds

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Turing Tumble is a new type of game where players (ages 8+) build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. It's fun, addicting, easy-to-learn, and while you're playing, you discover how computers work.

The game board releases one marble at a time from the top. Each marble falls down the board and when it reaches the bottom, it pushes down one of two black flippers at the bottom that release another ball. If it pushes down the left flipper, a blue ball is released. If it pushes down the right flipper, a red ball is released.

Players add logic by putting 6 different types of parts onto the board:
- The ramp directs balls in one direction, either to the left or to the right.
- The crossover lets ball paths cross over one another. Balls come in one side and exit on the opposite side.
- The bit adds logic. It stores information by pointing to the right or to the left, like a 1 or 0. It becomes more and more important as the puzzles progress.
- When the computer’s objective is complete, the interceptor is used to stop the computer from releasing any more balls.
- Like the bit, the gear bit stores information by pointing right or left, but when the gear bit is flipped, it also turns other gear bits connected to it by gears.

The Turing Tumble mechanical computer can do all sorts of things. It can:
- Count
- Add
- Subtract
- Multiply
- Divide
- Compare numbers
- It can do logic
- It can create patterns

- Computer board
- Computer stand
- 30 Ramps
- 10 Bits
- 8 Gear bits
- 6 Crossovers
- 4 Gears
- 3 Interceptors
- 1 Presser
- Puzzle/comic book with 60 puzzles
- 20 Red marbles
- 20 Blue marbles
- 30 Counterweights

Activities and outcomes:
Older children build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles woven into an illustrated comic story. Budding coders develop logic and critical thinking skills and discover how computers work by learning fundamental coding concepts.

Why we like Turing Tumble:
Fun, addicting, and easy-to-learn
Kids discover how computers work while playing
Multi-sensory exploration and learning

When Paul Boswell was a professor at the University of Minnesota, he saw how valuable it is for all students to be coders. He has three young kids, but they all treat computers like abstract, black boxes. They overlook the most amazing concept: how simple switches, connected in clever ways, can do incredibly smart things.

Kids learn best when they use their senses to explore concepts. Turing Tumble is the only game that lets kids see and feel how computers work. The logic isn’t hidden inside a computer chip – it’s all right there in front of them.

Each puzzle leads the player to discover new concepts that can be applied later to more complicated puzzles. The puzzles are woven into a 20-page comic story where each puzzle brings Alia the space engineer closer to rescue from a seemingly deserted planet.

Created by Paul Boswell, Minneapolis, Minnesota