This assignment is given at the beginning of the school year on the first day and is expected to be completed at end of the 2nd semester. 1st Semester we will focus on the 1st layer of the cube and the completion of it will be worth a quiz. 2nd Semester we will be finishing the cube and is also worth a quiz grade.
The Challenge: If (and only if) the class as a whole completes the assignment, I will make it worth a test grade.
Rational: This encourages students to assist others in need. What students learn is priceless...they learn what "community" is and the benefit of helping others in the midst of their struggles. Teaching others will also solidify their understanding.
The Rubik’s Cube connects to the material we learn in this class. I constantly am referring to the approach in my teaching. We used it in conjunction to learning combinations and permutations according to California State Standard 18.0. Learning the six permutations of the Rubik’s Cube is an excellent way of engaging students to this State Standard. I prefaced this assignment with the warning not to wait till the last minute to learn the cube. It takes patience, and the stress of a week deadline won’t help you learn it.
I have cubes in my classroom that students may use. We will have multiple “Rubik’s Cube days” where we spent the day watching tutorials and working on the cube. In addition, I leave time at the end for students to work on their Rubik’s Cube. It is part of my curriculum.
If you can solve it in less than a minute, then you will receive extra credit, but this requires to learn more elaborate algorithms for the cube. So it takes some extra research and practice.
Below are some resources I have gathered over the years.