Rubik’s Cube Club: Changes and learning experiences

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Rubik’s Cube Club: Changes and learning experiences

Alyssa Hui

After students slowly trickled into room E101 on Sept. 7, the Rubik’s Cube Club held their first meeting of the year, starting with an introduction from the officers. They explained their plans for the year with a short presentation.

The officers of the Rubik’s Cube Club give a brief presentation. Photo by Alyssa Hui.

The officers of the Rubik’s Cube Club give a brief presentation. Photo by Alyssa Hui.

During the presentation, the officers talked about what they want to accomplish this year as a club. A goal that senior and co-president Kamil Kisielewicz has for this year is to gain more members. To do this, they want to not only make the club more organized, but also participate in more school wide club activities, like Club Info Day and Club Food Day. Last year they didn’t participate in these events and learned that not being involved in these events resulted in fewer members.

“I hope that we grow to have a decent amount of members [so that] for the years after we’re gone, the club can continue to grow and continue to be run by effective leaders,” Kisielewicz said.

He also explained that many leadership skills are taught in the club. Members have the opportunity of becoming future officers and can also get involved with the delegates from the World Cubing Association and tournaments from outside MVHS.

Other skills are also taught through the Rubik’s Cube Club. Sophomore and director of events Nitin Subramanian not only agreed that the club teaches leadership skills, but also described how it brought spatial recognition, the ability to navigate through the a maze. Subramanian explained how by solving a Rubik’s cube and getting faster at it, one is able to easily recognize patterns and have better spatial recognition.

Subramanian quickly solves a Rubik’s Cube. He likens solving a Rubik’s cube to navigating through a maze. GIF by Alyssa Hui.

Subramanian also explained how members are able to go from not knowing how to solve a Rubik’s cube to using an advanced method to solve it. Although solving the cube is no problem for freshman Kyle Kumar, he wants to learn new patterns and methods of solving through the Rubik’s Cube Club.

I’ve played Rubik’s Cube for a while and it’s pretty cool that there’s a club [at MVHS] for it,” Kumar said. “Maybe [I can] meet some new friends and go to tournaments with those friends. [I am most excited for] winning or getting faster and seeing how good [I’ve] gotten.”

Members gather around the table and introduce themselves. Photo by Alyssa Hui.

Members gather around the table and introduce themselves. Photo by Alyssa Hui.

Subramanian had experienced much of this during his first year apart of the Rubik’s Cube Club. He recalled how much fun he had last year during lunches, solving Rubik’s cubes and just hanging out with friends.

“The Rubik’s Cube Club, aside from just the puzzle aspect, especially for the people who really enjoy it, it’s amazing,” Subramanian said. “The bond that we form between everyone and Cubers worldwide is very strong and things that you do [are] really fun and doing it with other people is even more fun.”

Here is the presentation shown at the meeting: