Vermonts 1st World Cubing Association Competition

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cubing picEast Burke- On Saturday, Burke Mountain hosted Vermont's first ever world cubing association competition. The event had well over 80 participants from over 5 countries. According to the World Cubing Associations website, "The World Cube Association governs competitions for mechanical puzzles that are operated by twisting groups of pieces, commonly known as 'twisty puzzles'. The most famous of these puzzles is the Rubik's Cube, invented by professor Rubik from Hungary." In 1974, Erno Rubik invited the cube to have as a working model to help 0teach his students geometry.

Today, there have been well over 350 million Rubik's sold world wide stated in Seven Towns Limited, the British firm that licenses all Rubiks cubes. The Traditional cube included 6 sides that where broken into 9 colorful squares. Now, there are well over 40 different types of puzzles and the WCA uses 11 of them as official puzzles for the competitions. Allowing for a day packed full of different events ranging form the 3x3x3 to the Pyraminx and Skewb.

The Pryaminx is a pyramid shaped puzzle with over 3.6 million different combinations, which is considerably less than the 43 quintillion combinations for the regular 3x3x3 Puzzle. This doesn't make it any easier to solve, in fact it can be just as challenging if not more.

Not only has the Rubiks Cube been puzzling the minds of problem solvers since  the 70s. But, it is also helping the next generation  form meaningful cognitive, physical, and social skills according to Dr. of Education Nancy Maldonadi. Dr. Maldonadi is professor at Lehman College and has worked on a variety research projects on development of children learning skills.

According to Luke's Father, who was at the compassion on Saturday, "He's has become more disciplined. Obviously to advance in cubing, you have to spend time practicing and learning algorithms, which  he does. He spends a lot of time on YouTube, and on reading materials to help improve how he solves these puzzles."

For some kids, Rubiks cube has helped them to out of a hard time in their life by being a great way to clear their minds. Drew who came up from connecticut  to compete in saturdays competition  said, "I just try to do it to relieve stress honestly, I started at a time when I was really stressed out and had anxiety." Which has also helped him to make new friends.

In order to learn ways to solve the puzzle sometimes it takes more than one brain. "I went up to him and I was like, "Hey Can you teach me?' I have one and I want to know how to solve it. And he taught me and I learned some quicker methods", stated one of the Cubers. His Father adds,"each year it seems like there are more people showing interest in the community and puzzling. It's been incredible  for me to watch him grow in this."

So as the shapes, sizes, and types of cubes grow and change. So does the community. Providing a great escape for future problem solvers to push each other to do their best while also making a friend a or two. Click here for the competition results and schedule of up coming competitions.