Can You Cube? A Report from Academy Schools’ Rubik’s Club

By Amanda Monger

Rubix 1-a

We all know how to do at least the first 2 steps on the Rubik’s Cube so far this year. As a large group we solved parts of the mosaics but last month Colton, Emily, Connor and I finished our first full mosaic. We were very excited and it looked great! We actually made it through 2 of the beginning level mosaics before we all left.

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In order to accomplish the mosaic we had to work together to make sure that everyone could solve the first 2 steps of the Rubik’s Cube proficiently. Some of us didn’t know how to solve it before we started so we had to get to know how to solve the cube and learn how to read the solution guide. Once we learned how to solve at least the first 2 steps (some of us already knew how to solve it and some of us learned how to solve the whole thing!) we had to learn how to apply that knowledge to solving a mosaic and following a mosaic guide. We have to learn how to follow a grid, and work together so we know who is solving which cube.  It has been an incredible exercise in problem solving and teamwork!

When we come back from break we will be starting the 300 cube mosaics and I am excited to see how much we accomplish. They have been doing a great job learning and working together. These larger mosaics will be a great demonstration of their skills.

Rubix 4-a

As of now the Club is not preparing for a competition…but that is now. Next month…it’s anyone’s guess!

Fun Facts:
* Erno Rubik, a professor of architecture and interior design from Budapest, Hungary, invented the Cube in 1974
* More than 300 million Cubes have been sold worldwide
* International and national ‘speedcubing’ tournaments have been held regularly since 2003. The World Cube Association runs competitions where players have to solve the Cube one-handed, using only feet, and even blindfolded.
* Thibaut Jacquinot of France became the first person to complete the Cube in under 10 seconds in open competition. He set a world record time of 9.86 seconds in May of 2007. Feliks Zemdegs holds the current world record for a single solve in June 2011 at the Melbourne Winter Open…in 5.66 seconds!

Want to test your skills? Click here: http://www.rubiks.com/world/games/index.php

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