The Rubik’s Cube Association is going strong at Brooke Weston with a core contingent attending every week. The club, which meets every Tuesday at 16:15 has attracted boys from all year groups. They go along to learn the basic algorithms (or sequences of moves) that enable them to solve the puzzle, which has frustrated millions since it was mass-produced in the 1980s.
The students are helped by Head of Maths Mr Cowley, and Sixth Formers Will Bolton and Sultan Chaudhury. Sultan, who has spent nearly £100 on different sorts of cube puzzles, said: ‘The students have picked it up quite quickly. The plan was to take them through stage by stage but by week two many of those attending knew how to do the cube so they have been helping the others.’
Sultan and fellow Sixth Former William Bolton gave a demonstration of cube-solving in assembly with the duo managing to complete five cubes in two minutes. Sultan became fascinated with the cube when he was 15 and his personal best time stands at 26 seconds.
He said: ‘There are seven main algorithms to learn and it took me half an hour to learn and get used to them. To learn them properly so you can do the cube without looking took me about a week of practice. It does become addictive. I was doing my cube while waiting at an airport. By the time I had done it a few times I had gathered a crowd and everybody started to clap. People notice and congratulate you about it!’