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Students Discover a Fun New Twist to Classroom Learning: The Rubik’s Cube

September 14, 2010

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ — The You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube program, back for its second full school year, has students across the country determined to unlock this iconic puzzle’s secret. Designed to foster life lessons such as problem-solving, negotiation, and teamwork, the program provides teachers fun, hands-on educational activities that are aligned with national and state curriculum frameworks, major math text books, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and support STEM disciplines.

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Thirty years after its introduction to America, the Rubik’s Cube today continues to remain true to inventor Dr. Erno Rubik’s original vision of the Cube being used as a powerful teaching tool. Currently, over 1,600 schools and hundreds of afterschool programs nationwide are enrolled in the You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube program – and in all 50 states. Free lesson plans on YouCanDoTheCube.com and classroom kits show educators and youth leaders how to use the Rubik’s Cube as a fun yet challenging tool to teach fundamental math disciplines like area, perimeter, volume, angles, and algorithms.

“This looks to be a very exciting school year for the You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube Program as more and more students are proving that they can solve the Rubik’s Cube with dedicated time, effort, and perseverance,” said Holly Riehl, Senior Vice President of You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube. “With the launch of the program’s new Competition Guide, dozens of schools are hosting regional competitions as well, highlighting their students’ talents throughout the year.”

In a recent survey of 251 teachers currently using the You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube program in the classroom, an overwhelming majority (99 percent) relayed they are highly satisfied with the program and are planning to repeat the program again this academic year. The program has also demonstrated its benefits to a wide range of students, including those in elementary school, high school, special education classrooms and colleges. Teacher feedback has indicated that the program is “a gold mine of thinking strategies” for students, fostering better attention in the classroom and a greater interest in schoolwork.

“Learning to solve the Rubik’s Cube has expanded throughout our school as a common goal among many grade levels and students. It’s been incredible to watch the students help each other work towards that common goal while improving their math skills,” said Amber Baur, fifth-grade teacher at Harbor View Elementary school in Corona del Mar, Calif. “The team skills and camaraderie they’ve learned is invaluable to their life-long education.”

For more information on the You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube program and how to organize a regional tournament, visit www.YouCanDoTheCube.com.

About You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube

Since its release in 1980, the Rubik’s Cube has since found its way into over 350 million homes worldwide and has continued to fascinate, bewilder and challenge millions of people. The new You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube initiative is a U.S. campaign aimed at teaching youth how to solve the Rubik’s Cube and experience the many benefits of this accomplishment. Math lessons have been designed to use the Rubik’s Cube to help teachers engage students with an interactive and tangible way to learn the many math disciplines.

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