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.
Award-winning and innovative, ASCD’sEMPOWER places your professional development at the forefront of its whole child focus. EMPOWER is ASCD’s annual and highly acclaimed professional development conference forall K–12 educators. Explore vibrant sessions taught by education authors and thought leaders who are redefining instructional approaches and mindsets. You will find sessions covering access, assessment, equity, literacy, STEM, Differentiation, Coherence, Design Thinking, Social–Emotional Learning, trauma-informed practices, Restorative Justice, Growth Mindsets, and much more.
Are you the next award-winning kindergarten to sixth-grade teacher? For more than 35 years, the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) have rewarded and inspired teachers across the country. PAEMST, which have honored more than 5,000 teachers, are the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees serve as role models for their colleagues and inspire their communities. PAEMST awardees receive a trip to Washington, DC, to celebrate their achievements; a certificate signed by the US President; a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF); and the opportunity to build lasting partnerships with colleagues from across the nation. NSF administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). To learn more about eligibility requirements, nominate a teacher, or apply yourself, visit www.paemst.org.
The Noetic Learning Math Contest is a semiannual problem-solving competition for elementary and middle school students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students’ interest in math, to develop their problem-solving skills, and to inspire students to excel in math.