The various puzzles in the collection are selected with several objectives in mind:
Some of the puzzles offered for the enjoyment of the visitors have corresponding web pages with more background or online versions of the same kind of puzzle.
- Provide an engaging activity that ties into the mission of the Museum of Science in general and Cahners Computer Place in particular.
- Introduce visitors to deeper concepts in Computer Science and Information Theory through their experience with selected puzzles.
- Demonstrate the relationship between Emotions and Learning.
Some of the puzzles (especially those made by Binary Arts) might be available for sale in the Museum Store. Many of them can be found in retail stores which specialize in games and puzzles. Otherwise, try the web sites of the vendors who feature these puzzle lines:
- Lights Out
- Tower of Hanoi
- Marble Drop
- Marble Drop is a classic puzzle game from the 90s. The Demo Version is a free download that works on all versions of Windows. The full version of Marble Drop (if you can still find it) doesn't seem to work on anything newer than Windows 95/98.
- At the Carnival - Puzzle Gallery
- At the Carnival is one of three classic puzzle games by Cliff Johnson that you can download for free from his web site.
- Binary Arts - ThinkFun
- Bits and Pieces
- Tavern Puzzles by Tucker-Jones
For more information on the Cahners Computer Place Puzzle Activity, go to our Puzzle Background page.