Engineering and Construction Using the Rubik’s Cube
The You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube program provides resources and support to schools and youth organizations to teach STEM/STEAM standards and twenty-first century skills by using the Rubik’s Cube. Invented by Professor Erno Rubik as a model of 3D geometry and design, the Rubik’s Cube has its foundation in the classroom. In response to teachers’ requests for affordable Rubik’s Cube classroom resources, and with a desire to return the Rubik's Cube to its roots in education, Rubik's Brand Ltd. developed the You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube program, which includes a lendinglibrary for the cubes and a resource that helps K–12 educators teach students how to solve the puzzle and engage them in STEAM lessons. Educators in the United States and Canada can borrow up to 600 Rubik’s Cubes for six weeks at a time. The organization’s website has free templates for mosaics of icons such as Anne Frank, landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, and a variety of animals. One mosaic may have as many as 600 cubes. (Also available is guidance for classes that want to create customized mosaics.) In the spring, students can enter their designed mosaics in the Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Contest.
Plus: Teachers can download the free Rubik’s Cube: STEM Student Notebook, developed by STEM.org for students in grades 2–5. A nine-lesson unit explores concepts that relate to engineering and design, genetics, the geometry of shapes and figures, the geometry of solids, and neuroscience.
Based in Australia, Fizzics Education hosts more than 150 freeresources, including science activities and experiments, and podcasts with teaching ideas. For example, in a November 2019 podcast, two educators describe how they help their learners understand STEM from the early years and onward.