Materials List: Acting Like an Algorithm

Each group needs:

  • two clear cups
  • random selection tool, such as a bag with colored pieces of paper; students draw one piece randomly from the bag when they need to choose a random color
  • 20 pom poms, created from yarn, or an equivalent item that can be used for counting (these items do not need to be unique to every group);

To share with the entire class:

  • ball (soft like a tennis ball)
  • strings of yarn
  • pipe cleaners for arrow heads, shown below in Figure 1 (optional)

A green pipe cleaner is shown shaped in the form of an arrow.
Figure 1. An example of an arrow made out of a pipe cleaner
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