Saahil is a high school sophomore who loves to solve Rubik’s cube. He says it helps him focus at school and improve his Table Tennis game. He found love for this toy in 4th grade. As he taught his brother and his friends, he realized that it also improved his abilities with the cube. He was also able to solve other Cube versions; like 2x2, 4x4, 5x5, 6x6, ghost cube, mirror cube, pyraminx. In sixth grade, he started teaching Crack-a-Cube summer camps to kids and has been teaching since at Lascaux Academy. This summer he taught virtually and was happy to provide more 1-1 attention.
What You Will Learn:
In this camp, students will learn how to solve 3x3 Rubik’s cube and a Pyraminx.
The simplest way to solve a cube is to observe. Get started with experimenting, noticing patterns and drawing conclusions. There are many ways to solve it. Every time you pick it up to solve it, you will arrive at the solution. Irrespective of how long you take to solve it, the joy of arriving at a solution is unparalleled.
A typical cube solving procedure:
Solve the lower two layers of the cube. (There are various clever tricks to speed this up.)
Orient the cubies in the top layer, so that the top face of the cube is the correct color.
Permute (i.e. interchange) the cubies in the top layer so that they are in their correct positions.
Solving Rubik’s Cube comprises of various algorithms. Does solving the Rubik’s cube make your brain sharper? Yes. Solving the cube tests your spatial and problem solving abilities. It can improve your analytical and abstract abilities that involve recognizing images and relating it to other objects in its surroundings. Not only is it an excellent way to keep the mind active, but also teaches you the importance of every single move you make. It teaches you to persevere and helps you notice patterns and eliminate possibilities. Your mental reflexes to problems will improve. Also, you will develop a wider perception to the entire process of problem solving. The minute you are presented with a problem, you will be able to tackle it better and with much more confidence than before. It betters your eye-hand coordination and improves your concentration in general. It helps improve your short-term memory.
Material list: feel free to bring what you already have at home!
3x3 Rubik’s Cube