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.
NASA Wavelength is a digital collection of earth and space science resources for educators of all levels—from elementary to college, to out-of-school programs. In one activity, designed for grades 3–5, students examine line plots of NASA data and see that the Sun heats up land, air, and water.
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow, the ultimate STEM contest for sixth- through twelfth-grade public schools, is celebrating 10 years of helping educators teach STEM while tackling local community issues and winning technology for their school. To celebrate, Samsung is giving away up to $3 million in prizes and selecting more winners than ever before. Take a few minutes and submit your application to participate today.
The National Science Foundation STEM Guitar Project hosts free weeklong workshops for high school and college educators across the country. Mark French, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, had the idea to use guitars and music to spark interest in STEM.