This week in the B-UHS Fine Arts Department, Heidi Thompson, Department Chair, has incorporated STEAM educational philosophy in her Art I classes. The classes have been, well, playing with Rubik’s Cubes.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) is an approach to education which emphasizes the practical use of these content areas in all aspects of learning. Usually, STEAM focuses on Project-Based Learning methods as well.
“Welcome to the You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube Program. Our Mission is to provide resources and support to schools and youth organizations to teach STEM/STEAM standards and 21st Century skills by using the Rubik’s Cube.
“Invented by Professor Erno Rubik as a model of 3D geometry and design, the Rubik’s Cube’s foundation is in the classroom. In response to teachers’ requests for affordable Rubik’s Cube classroom resources and with a desire to give back and return the Rubik’s Cube to its roots in education, Rubik’s Brand Ltd. developed the You CAN Do The Rubik’s Cube program.” From the website https://www.youcandothecube.com/
Collaborating with Angie Westfall, Media Specialist and Librarian, Thompson states that this activity provides lessons in problem solving, spatial relations, patterns, as well as color theory, and pixels. It is also a great lesson in cooperative learning and teamwork.
For the first activities, the classes used a set of 180 2x2 cubes and were able to create a hummingbird image, smiley face, and a giant eye.
In April, Thompson and Westfall expect to receive a larger set of 225 cubes, and their classes will be working to create a large mosaic portrait.
If you drop by B-UHS soon, be sure to look out for these fun displays of student work. Maybe you could even get a chance to play with some cubes!