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Rubik’s Cube Units and Lessons

Critical Thinking, Math, STEM/STEAM

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STEM Rubik’s Unit Student       Notebook

STEM Rubik’s Unit Student     Notebook

9 lessons: the history of games & puzzles; how animals learn; architecture & design; engineering & construction; physics of the cube; memory & learning; and technology & communication.

Grades: K-5

Subjects: Art, Biology, Geometry, History, Math, Science, STEM, Technology

Concepts: Engineering and Design, Friction, Genetics, Geometry of Shapes/Figures, Geometry of Solids, Neuroscience, Rubik's History, Scale Models

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Rubik’s Unit : The Geometry, The Art, The Solution: Student Book

Rubik’s Unit : The Geometry, The Art, The Solution: Student Book

Cross-curricular unit study with 11 lessons focusing on the geometry of the Rubik’s Cube, writing algorithms, creating mosaic art, and more! Target audience: gr 4 - 8.

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Art, Geometry, History, Math, Mosaics, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Solve, STEM, Technology

Concepts: Algebraic Notation, Engineering and Design, Geometry of Shapes/Figures, Geometry of Solids, Inverse Operations, Mosaics, Patterns, Rubik's History, Spatial Visualization, Transformations, symmetry

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STEM Rubik’s Unit Teacher Guide

STEM Rubik’s Unit Teacher Guide

Resources and notes for teaching the STEM Rubik’s Unit’s 9 lessons. Topics include the history of games & puzzles; memory & learning; architecture & design; engineering & construction; physics; and technology & communication.

Grades: K-5

Subjects: Art, Biology, Geometry, History, Math, Science, STEM, Technology

Concepts: Engineering and Design, Friction, Genetics, Geometry of Shapes/Figures, Geometry of Solids, Neuroscience, Rubik's History, Scale Models

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Rubik’s Unit: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution: Teacher Guide

Rubik’s Unit: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution: Teacher Guide

Cross-curricular unit study with 11 lessons focusing on the geometry of the Rubik’s Cube, writing algorithms, creating mosaic art, and more! Target audience: gr 4 - 8

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Art, Critical Thinking, Geometry, History, Math, Mosaics, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Solve, STEM, Technology

Concepts: Algebraic Notation, Engineering and Design, Geometry of Shapes/Figures, Geometry of Solids, Inverse Operations, Mosaics, Patterns, Rubik's History, Spatial Visualization, Transformations, symmetry

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Solving the Rubik’s Cube

Solving the Rubik’s Cube

Students will learn how to solve the Rubik’s Cube. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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Fractions Models Lesson

Fractions Models Lesson

Students will name the numerator and denominator of a given fraction and identify fractional parts using a Rubik’s Cube.

Grades: K-5

Subjects: Math, Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Concepts: Fractions

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Making Rubik’s Art

Making Rubik’s Art

Students will design their own picture, replicate it using 9 Rubik’s Cubes, and use photo editing apps to create larger Rubik’s mosaics. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Art, Critical Thinking, Mosaics, Technology

Concepts: Engineering and Design, Mosaics, Pixels and Resolution, Spatial Visualization

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The Man, The Cube, Its Impact

The Man, The Cube, Its Impact

Students will learn about the history of the Rubik’s Cube through research and presentations. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: History

Concepts: Rubik's History

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Cracking the Code - Part 1 Alphabet Blocks

Cracking the Code - Part 1 Alphabet Blocks

Students will create as many letters of the alphabet as possible, each on a single cube face, and articulate how the reader will know which letters have been formed.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Critical Thinking

Concepts: Patterns, Spatial Visualization

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Writing Algorithms - Intro to Speed Solving

Writing Algorithms - Intro to Speed Solving

Students will learn about the cycle of algorithms through the solving of a Rubik’s Cube. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Math, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Algebraic Notation, Inverse Operations

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DNA Codons - Cube Critters

DNA Codons - Cube Critters

Students will use the Rubik’s Cube to create DNA codes for imaginary creatures. Download Cube Critters Checker for the answer key.

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Biology, Science

Concepts: Genetics

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Measurement Lesson - Area, Surface Area, Volume

Measurement Lesson - Area, Surface Area, Volume

Students will study measurement, rounding to the nearest centimeter, and find the area, surface area, and volume of a Rubik’s Cube.

Grades: 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Shapes/Figures, Geometry of Solids

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Mathematics of the Rubik’s Cube - Factorals and Exponents

Mathematics of the Rubik’s Cube - Factorals and Exponents

Students will explore the possible number ways the pieces of a Rubik’s Cube can be arranged, and still fit the criteria for a Rubik’s Cube. Video link to the math behind this lesson.

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Math, Probability

Concepts: Factorals and Exponents

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Deconstructing Prisms

Deconstructing Prisms

After analyzing patterns in a Rubik’s Cube, students will write expressions that determine the number of unit cubes with any given number of exposed faces.

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Geometry, Math, Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Concepts: Algebraic Notation, Geometry of Solids, Patterns

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Making a 2x2 Rubik’s Cube

Making a 2x2 Rubik’s Cube

Students will learn how a 3x3 Rubik’s Cube can be modified to make a 2x2 Rubik’s Cube and create a solution guide for solving a 2x2 Rubik’s Cube. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve, STEM

Concepts: Engineering and Design, Spatial Visualization

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Classifying Polygons

Classifying Polygons

Students will learn vocabulary related to polygons and use that vocabulary to classify polygons. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Shapes/Figures

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Platonic Solids

Platonic Solids

Students will learn more about platonic solids and use nets to create the platonic solids. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Solids

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Mosaic Lesson 1: Making a Multi Colored Cross

Mosaic Lesson 1: Making a Multi Colored Cross

All digital images are composed of millions of squares or pixels. Creating mosaics using Rubik’s® Cubes is a great lesson in resolution and area.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Art, Critical Thinking, Mosaics

Concepts: Mosaics, Spatial Visualization

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Mosaic Lesson 2: Adding Multi Colored Corners

Mosaic Lesson 2: Adding Multi Colored Corners

In this lesson, students will learn how to solve the corners of the upper face of the Rubik’s® Cube to a given pattern.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Art, Critical Thinking, Mosaics

Concepts: Mosaics, Spatial Visualization

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Mosaic Lesson 3: Pixels and Resolution

Mosaic Lesson 3: Pixels and Resolution

Students will apply the skill of solving the upper face of a Rubik’s® Cube to a given pattern to convert their drawings to Rubik’s® Cube mosaics.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Art, Mosaics, Ratio and Proportion

Concepts: Mosaics, Pixels and Resolution

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Geometry of Solids

Geometry of Solids

Students will become familiar with the structure of a Rubik’s Cube and the associated solid geometry terminology in order to better understand the solution guide.

Grades: 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Solids

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Testing Net Variations

Testing Net Variations

Students will use a Rubik’s Cube to test if a potential formation of 6 squares is a hexomino nets. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

Grades: 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Solids, Transformations, symmetry

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Mix and Map and Match

Mix and Map and Match

Students will map 3-D shapes onto 2-D nets, and to read and rebuild nets to match to 3D shapes. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Solids, Spatial Visualization

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Making “How To” Videos

Making “How To” Videos

Students will soldify their skill of solving a Rubik’s Cube by creating and editing a how-to video. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve, Technology

Concepts:

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Cracking the Code - Part 2 Create a Code

Cracking the Code - Part 2 Create a Code

Students will crack a “Rubik’s® code” and will be challenged to create their own visual codes using the six colors on a single face of a Rubik’s® Cube.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Critical Thinking

Concepts: Patterns, Spatial Visualization

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Working within Constraints

Working within Constraints

Students will use spatial reasoning skills to solve the faces of a Rubik’s Cube so that no 2 adjacent cublets are the same color.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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Art and Geometry Lesson

Art and Geometry Lesson

Students will create a scale model of a Rubik’s Cube, draw its net, and create a “designer” cube.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Art, Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Solids, Scale Models

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Geometry - Scale Drawing Lesson

Geometry - Scale Drawing Lesson

Students will create scale drawings of Rubik’s Cubes.

Grades: 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math, Ratio and Proportion

Concepts: Scale Models

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Geometry - Polyhedron Nets Lesson

Geometry - Polyhedron Nets Lesson

Students will create all the possible nets for a Rubik’s® Cube.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Solids, Transformations, symmetry

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STEM Lesson - Elementary - Build a Cube

STEM Lesson - Elementary - Build a Cube

Students will learn the names of the different pieces of the Rubik’s Cube and how it is built by creating their own cube.

Grades: K-5

Subjects: Geometry, Math, STEM

Concepts: Engineering and Design, Geometry of Solids

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STEM Lesson - Middle School - Build a Cube

STEM Lesson - Middle School - Build a Cube

Students will learn the pieces of the Rubik’s Cube, the PBL (Problem-Based Learning) approach to solving problems, and act as engineers to design a Rubik’s Cube model.

Grades: 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math, STEM

Concepts: Engineering and Design, Geometry of Solids

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How to Build Mosaics Lesson

How to Build Mosaics Lesson

Written by a high school teacher, this lesson gives tips on using the Intermediate Mosaic Guide.

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Art, Critical Thinking, Mosaics

Concepts: Mosaics, Pixels and Resolution

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Introduction to Geometry 2 - Volume

Introduction to Geometry 2 - Volume

Students will learn the characteristics of rectangular prisms and how to find their volume.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Solids

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Introduction to Geometry 3 - Perimeter and Area of Composite Figures

Introduction to Geometry 3 - Perimeter and Area of Composite Figures

Students will determine the area and perimeter of composite figures.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Shapes/Figures

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Introduction to Geometry 4 - Surface Area and Nets

Introduction to Geometry 4 - Surface Area and Nets

Students will find the surface area of rectangular prisms using their nets. They will simplify formulas for surface area.

Grades: 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Shapes/Figures, Geometry of Solids

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Classifying 3 Dimensional Shapes

Classifying 3 Dimensional Shapes

Students will learn vocabulary related to space figures, name 3-dimensional objects, identify parts of 3-d objects, and algebraic expressions. A lesson from Rubik’s Unit Study: The Geometry, The Art, The Solution.

Grades: 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Solids

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Create Rubik’s Cube Mosaics Using GIMP

Create Rubik’s Cube Mosaics Using GIMP

Upload your own picture to GIMP then create the Mosaic and templates for use in the classroom.

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Art, Mosaics, Technology

Concepts: Mosaics, Pixels and Resolution

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Create Mosaics Using Adobe Photoshop

Create Mosaics Using Adobe Photoshop

Using Adobe Photoshop these step by step instructions walk you through the process to create your own templates.

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Art, Mosaics, Technology

Concepts: Mosaics, Pixels and Resolution

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PBL Build a Container

PBL Build a Container

Students will design packaging for a glass Rubik’s® Cube with the least materials.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Art, Math, STEM

Concepts: Engineering and Design, Geometry of Solids

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Learn-to-Solve Lesson 1

Learn-to-Solve Lesson 1

​In this lesson, students will learn the parts of the cube and how they move. They will learn the notation for each of the moves of the cube and practice following sequences of turns.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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Learn-to-Solve Lesson 2

Learn-to-Solve Lesson 2

Having learned the basic structure and moves of the cube, students will learn how to make the WHITE cross in this lesson.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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Learn-to-Solve Lesson 3

Learn-to-Solve Lesson 3

​Having learned to solve the WHITE cross, students will learn to solve the WHITE corners in this lesson. Click here to download the digital presentation.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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Learn-to-Solve Lesson 4

Learn-to-Solve Lesson 4

​Having mastered the WHITE face, in this lesson students will learn how to solve the middle layer of the cube.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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Learn-to-Solve Lesson 5

Learn-to-Solve Lesson 5

Having solved 2/3 of the cube, students will learn how to solve the YELLOW cross in this lesson. Click here to download the digital presentation.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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Learn-to-Solve Lesson 6

Learn-to-Solve Lesson 6

Having solved the YELLOW cross, in this lesson students will learn how to complete the YELLOW face. Click here to download the digital presentation.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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Learn-to-Solve Lesson 7

Learn-to-Solve Lesson 7

In this lesson, students will reposition the YELLOW corners so that they are in the correct locations. Click here to download the digital presentation.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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Learn-to-Solve Lesson 8

Learn-to-Solve Lesson 8

​In this final lesson, students will reposition the YELLOW edges to complete the solution of the cube. Click here to download the digital presentation.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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3x3 Solution Guide (English)

3x3 Solution Guide (English)

Unlock the secret of the Rubik’s Cube and learn to solve it by following our simple guide.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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3x3 Solution Guide (Spanish)

3x3 Solution Guide (Spanish)

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Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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2x2 Solution Guide (Spanish)

2x2 Solution Guide (Spanish)

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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2x2 Solution Guide (English)

2x2 Solution Guide (English)

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Building Guide

Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Building Guide

Learn to create mosaics from ready made templates or design your own. This comprehensive new guide combines the other two in an easy to use format.

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Art, Mosaics

Concepts: Mosaics, Pixels and Resolution

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Songs & Chants for Solving

Songs & Chants for Solving

​These elementary level songs and chants help students learn the algorithms for solving each stage of solving the cube.

Grades: K-5

Subjects: Critical Thinking, Solve

Concepts: Spatial Visualization

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Introduction to Geometry 1 - Measurement, Perimeter, Area

Introduction to Geometry 1 - Measurement, Perimeter, Area

Students will measure and name the dimensions of a Rubik’s Cube to find perimeter and area.

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math

Concepts: Geometry of Shapes/Figures

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Cube Critters Checker

Cube Critters Checker

Answer key for teachers using the DNA Codons- Cube Critters lesson. 

Grades: 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Biology, Science

Concepts: Genetics

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Ancient Games & Puzzles / History of the Rubik’s Cube

Ancient Games & Puzzles / History of the Rubik’s Cube

Students will examine the history of certain games, including the Rubik's Cube. 

Grades: 6-8

Subjects: History

Concepts: Rubik's History

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Build a 2x2 Cube

Build a 2x2 Cube

Students will build a function 2x2 Rubik's Cube out of paper. 

Grades: 6-8

Subjects: Art, Math, STEM

Concepts: Engineering and Design, Geometry of Shapes/Figures, Geometry of Solids, Scale Models

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Fibonacci’s Perfect Spiral

Fibonacci’s Perfect Spiral

Students will learn about Finonacci, the code he created, and how the Fibonacci sequence relates to real life and the perfect spiral. Students will practice drawing perfect spirals and learn how patterns are a mathematical concept that surrounds us. 

Grades: 6-8

Subjects: Art, Geometry, Math, Mosaics, STEM

Concepts: Mosaics, Patterns, Scale Models, Transformations, symmetry

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Engineering & Design: Game Variations

Engineering & Design: Game Variations

Students will experience the engineering process when creating modifications to a familiar game. 

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: STEM

Concepts: Engineering and Design

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Mixed Up Math

Mixed Up Math

Students will practice adding, subtracting, & multiplying multi-digit numbers with decimals. This lesson can be adapted for younger students to practice other computational math concepts. 

Grades: K-5, 6-8

Subjects: Math, Operations and Algebraic Thinking

Concepts: Number Sense & Operations

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Pixel Art: Design a Rubik’s Cube Mosaic

Pixel Art: Design a Rubik’s Cube Mosaic

Designing a Rubik's Cube mosaic involves creativity, collaboration, pattern recognition, and computer skills. Instructions for creating mosaic templates by hand and with Google Sheets are included in this lesson. 

Grades: K-5, 6-8, 9-12

Subjects: Art, Mosaics, STEM, Technology

Concepts: Engineering and Design, Mosaics, Patterns

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Ratio & Reasoning: 2x2 and 3x3 Rubik’s Cubes

Ratio & Reasoning: 2x2 and 3x3 Rubik’s Cubes

Students will compare a 2x2 and 3x3 Rubik's Cube and examine the ratio between the cubes and the mosaics created from the cubes. 

Grades: 6-8

Subjects: Geometry, Math, Ratio and Proportion, STEM

Concepts: Geometry of Shapes/Figures, Geometry of Solids

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