Rubik’s Cube Mastery

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This term, Lower III have embarked on the incredible journey to solving a Rubik’s cube. What began as a curious exploration has blossomed into a full-fledged passion, with students now achieving solve times of just over a minute – a feat that once seemed impossible!

The CFOP Method: Cracking the Cube’s Code

Our budding speedcubers have embraced the CFOP method, a sophisticated approach that breaks down the solve into four stages:

  1. C – Cross: The foundation of every great solve. Form a white cross on the bottom face.
  2. F – F2L (First Two Layers): This is where the magic truly begins. Pair corners with their corresponding edges, building the first two layers of the cube.
  3. O – OLL (Orient Last Layer): As the tension mounts, form yellow top face. Through a series of intricate algorithms, they orient the last layer.
  4. P – PLL (Permute Last Layer): Rearrange the top layer pieces to their correct positions, completing the solve with a flourish.
    A cube with many different colored squares

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Beyond the Cube

The benefits of this cubing adventure extend far beyond the plastic squares:

  • Laser Focus: Students have honed their ability to concentrate intensely, blocking out distractions.
  • Patience Perfected: They’ve learned that greatness takes time and practising the steps over and over until they can do them quickly.
  • Memory Mastery: Memorising algorithms and recognizing patterns has given their cognitive abilities a significant boost.
  • Creativity Unleashed: Problem-solving skills have soared as students discover innovative ways to tackle each unique cube state.

As Lower III continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible, we can’t help but marvel at their growth. From fumbling with a scrambled cube to executing lightning-fast solves, they’ve proven that with dedication and the right approach, any challenge can be conquered.

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