Cubing: A New Trend

Cubing: A New Trend

Have you noticed that the old Rubik’s cube is starting to make a comeback? Many students in the school are captivated by the Rubik’s cube. Puzzles consisting of 2×2, 3×3 or even 3x4x5 are being swapped around by students involved in this new trend. Aaron Kemats is a senior who is getting in on this latest craze. For Aaron, it is to bring peace to a scattered situation. He has had Rubik’s cubes since he was a child, but they were scrambled and forgotten until recently when he decided to learn how to solve them. Ever since he did that, the rest was history. Aaron states,  “Ever since I started cubing, I think I’ve definitely felt a bit sharper. That, and cubing has actually been kind of therapeutic to me – there’s something very calming about putting everything back in its right place.”

His favorite puzzle is the mirror cube, which is just like a normal Rubik’s 3×3 cube except that the pieces are different sizes. He prefers this cube for when he is trying to solve at night and does not have a lot of light. He can still feel the sizes of the pieces and fix it from there. On the other end of the spectrum, his least favorite cube is the mastermorphix, only because it is such a difficult puzzle. Arron states, “You know it’s a great puzzle when you have no clue if you’re solving it or scrambling it up worse.”

For Aaron, it’s just a way to pass the time. He said his skills are not at a competing level, where a person can complete a Rubik’s cube in under fifteen seconds. Aaron feels that solving the cube is a therapeutic tool. He likes the idea of bringing piece to a chaotic mess, putting everything back together.

So it seems that the cubing community is growing. Who knows? It could only be a matter of time before you start twisting the cube yourself!