NEW YORK, Aug. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- As the You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube program prepares for its third full school year, a recent survey* of teachers nationwide currently using the program finds a 99% satisfaction rate, indicating the true power of the Rubik's Cube as a teaching tool. The program's close adherence to STEM initiatives, which are currently a major focus across the board in the U.S. education system, have enabled teachers throughout the country to make learning fun by using the world's most famous puzzle in the classroom. New to the program this year is a Mosaic Builder Guide, which shows educators, youth directors, and students how to create mosaics using Rubik's Cubes, combining fun with math, science, history and art by providing templates of six historical figures.
"The You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube program has been a runaway hit with my students and an affordable way to add a dash of excitement and fun to everyday learning," said John Doty, science teacher at LaPorte High School in La Porte, Indiana. "The new mosaic builder guide is an exciting addition to the program as it teaches the relationship an individual Cube has with the overall picture, similar to the relationship cells have with the human body. Up close, a Cube may seem like a random assortment of colors, but each has a function and is a building block to something much greater."
Classroom kits, free lesson plans, and a free downloadable Solution Guide on YouCanDoTheCube.com 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, and algorithms and also 21st Century Skills like problem-solving. The newly-introduced Mosaic Builder on YouCanDoTheCube.com features templates of Mahatma Ghandi, Albert Einstein, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Sitting Bull and Anne Frank. Each mosaic requires either 100 or 225 Rubik's Cubes to complete the image, which are available to teachers on loan at no cost. Currently, over 2,300 schools and hundreds of afterschool programs nationwide are enrolled in the You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube program – and in all 50 states.
"Scale drawing of a 3-D object, like the Rubik's Cube, is a critical activity in our Club Resource Guide, and the You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube lesson plan teaches the subject in an engaging, interactive way," said Archana Mehta, Director of Marketing for MATHCOUNTS, a national mathematics enrichment non-profit that is including You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube's geometry lesson on scale drawing in its Club Resource Guide. "We're thrilled to be partnering with the You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube program and bringing their content to the 6,000 schools participating in competitions and our tens of thousands of teacher, parent, and professional volunteers."
For more information on the You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube program, please visit www.YouCanDoTheCube.com.
* June 2011 survey of 266 teachers currently using the You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube program in their curriculums.
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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