Solving a Rubik's cube requires time and getting the algorithm right
By Wyatt Miller Hawknews Writer
To some people solving a Rubik’s cube is a waste of time. To two Kenny Lake students and a Kenny lake aide, solving a Rubik’s cube is second nature. Deanna Knutson, Erin Nicholson, and Wesley Voley shared how they became one with a Rubik’s cube. Erin Nicholson, an Indian-Ed aide at Kenny Lake School, started solving a Rubik’s cube when she was in college. She explained that her roommate was a genius and knew how to solve the algorithms on paper as well as on the cube. She asked him over and over how to solve one; after asking him three times, he gave her a handful of papers with numbered algorithms. He told her to solve these algorithms by hand and then with the cube like he did.
Wesley Voley, a junior at Kenny Lake, was finally able to solve a Rubik’s cube in eighth grade. “After envying Alexis Brown and Deanna Knutson, and studying the algorithms that Google gave me, solving a Rubik’s cube became a piece of cake,” said Wesley. Gradually, he became more interested in solving different sized Rubik’s cubes. Later on, he bought a 5x5 and 7x7 and still succeeds in solving them.
When Deanna Knutson was in sixth grade, Erin Nicholson helped her along with the steps to solving a Rubik’s cube. One day Erin brought her a big piece of paper with the patterns and instructions. Deanna said that after she figured out the pattern, the time it took her to solve this puzzle was cut in half almost every time.
Deanna, Erin, and Wesley competed in a contest sponsored by hawknews.org to see who the fastest Rubik’s cube solver was. Whoever had the best average time after three rounds would be declared the winner. At the end of the first round, Deanna won with a time of 1 minute and 21 seconds, followed by Erin with 1 minute and 43 seconds. Wesley was not far behind with 1 minute and 47 seconds. The second round wasn’t as close as the first, and Deanna won again with the same time. Wesley came in second with 1 minute and 32 seconds, and Erin finished a minute later with 2 minutes 39 seconds. The final round was different; Wesley won with the time of 1 minute 41 seconds, Deanna came in at 1 minute 56 seconds, and Erin came in 30 seconds later with a time of 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Deanna Knutson won the competition with an average time of 1minute 40 seconds.
Solving a Rubik’s cube is harder than people think. There are a dozen or more steps to just get half way to the goal. The materials to solving a Rubik’s cube are as follows: one Rubik cube, a good memory (if you want to impress people), and one big sack load of patience. If you set your mind to it, you will get it done.
Wesley Voley solves the Rubik's Cube.
Erin Nicholson explains her technique for solving a Rubik's Cube.