June 11, 2015 1:41 pm
Updated: June 11, 2015 1:55 pm

Rubik’s Cube growing in popularity

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Watch above: He may only be in Grade 5, but he is a Rubik’s Cube master. Jacob Cey shows off his skills to Lisa Dutton and Kevin Stanfield.

SASKATOON – Jacob Cey, a Grade 5 student at Mother Teresa School, says it has become one of his favourite playground pastimes.

“We always have competitions everyday at recess, we try to get better times,” Cey told Global News. He added this friendly competition among friends is getting a lot of attention.

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“We have a lot of the little kids in Grades 2 and 3 gather around and come watch us,” he said.

Cey can master a regular Rubik’s Cube in under a minute. He spends time studying various algorithms to help him solve the cubes.

“I do it in the first two layer method. I build the white cross then build the corners in. Then I put my edges in and go from there.”

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While many kids his age spend their money on video games, this 11-year-old would rather spend his hard earned money at a local shop called Puzzle Masters. Cey has a collection of various cubes of all shapes and sizes he totes around in his backpack. He has a paper route to support his hobby.

Rubik’s Cubing has proven beneficial in helping develop things like hand-eye coordination and math skills. It also helps develop a positive attitude towards math. Cey says his teacher is mostly supportive. “He likes it, but he doesn’t like it when we do it in class,” he said.

And while his parents are supportive of his hobby, he says it wasn’t passed on from them.

“I’m self taught,” he said.

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