Cubing for kudos at DMS

Winners of Rubik’s Cube tournaments, left to right, are Delano Middle School students Matthew Clark, Jessica Redinger, Reno Bredahl and Lucius LaFromboise.

Winners of Rubik’s Cube tournaments, left to right, are Delano Middle School students Matthew Clark, Jessica Redinger, Reno Bredahl and Lucius LaFromboise.

Delano Middle School recently held four different Rubik’s Cube Tournaments designed to match competitors up by skill levels. The winners were as follows: Mathew Clark, White Cross Tournament; Jessica Redinger, White Side Tournament; Reno Bredahl, “Solving the Cute with Directions”; Lucius LaFromboise, “Solving the Cube without Directions” (coming in at an amazing one minute, 26 seconds time).

All the students involved in the tournaments helped to create a gigantic mosaic using patterns developed for the Rubik’s Cube.

All the students involved in the tournaments helped to create a gigantic mosaic using patterns developed for the Rubik’s Cube.

The Rubik’s Cube is a three dement ional puzzle that first became popular in the 1980’s, but which continues to have a worldwide following as demonstrated in tournaments like these, often referred to as “speedcubing”. Rubik’s Cube lends itself to the application of mathematical group theory, which has been helpful for deducing certain algorithms.

This program was sponsored by the Gifted and Talented Program under the direction of Gwen Briesemeister.

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