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  • Pixel Art: Design a Rubik's Cube Mosaic

    Designing​ ​a​ ​Rubik’s ​ ​Cube​ ​mosaic​ ​involves ​ ​creativity,​ ​collaboration,​ ​pattern recognition, ​ ​and​ ​computer​ ​skills.

    Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills

    Next Generation Science Standards

    Mathematical Process Standards - 111.XX.C.1X The student uses mathematical processes to acquire and demonstrate mathematical understanding (B) use a problem-solving model that incorporates analyzing given information, formulating a plan or strategy, determining a solution, justifying the solution, and evaluating the problem-solving process and the reasonableness of the solution; (C) select tools, including real objects, manipulatives, paper and pencil, and technology as appropriate, and techniques, including mental math, estimation, and number sense as appropriate, to solve problems; (G) display, explain, and justify mathematical ideas and arguments using precise mathematical language in written or oral communication.

    MS-ETS1-1​ ​Engineering ​ ​Design​​ ​Define ​ ​the​ ​criteria​ ​and constraints​ ​of​ ​a​ ​design ​ ​problem​ ​with​ ​sufficient​ ​precision to​ ​ensure​ ​a​ ​successful​ ​solution.

    MS-ETS1-2​ ​Engineering ​ ​Design​ ​​Evaluate ​ ​competing design​ ​solutions ​ ​using​ ​a​ ​systematic​ ​process​ ​to determine ​ ​how​ ​well​ ​they​ ​meet​ ​the​ ​criteria​ ​and constraints​ ​of​ ​the​ ​problem.

    All grades

  • Objectives: 


    Background  Knowledge: 


    Students   will   design   their   own   pixelated   picture   or  pattern   and   then   replicate  i t   using   Rubik’s   Cubes. 

    3x3   Rubik’s   Cubes  Colored   Pencils  Graph   paper   ­   or   use  i ncluded   student   page(s) 

    Mosaics   can   also   be   made   with   the   help   of   online  programs,  i n   which   case   you   will   also   need:  Computers   with   Internet   access  Color   printer 

    It  i s   helpful  i f   students   know   how   to   solve   one   face   of   the  Rubik’s   Cube   (manipulate   edges   and   corners),   but  students   can   also  l earn   that   skill   while   working   on   this  lesson.  

    Before   class:  ● Copy   mosaic   templates   based   on   the   number   of

    students   and   cubes   you   have   available. ● If   you   are   going   to   use   the   Google   Sheets   option,

    save   a   copy   of   the   file   found   at    for   yourself.   If   students have   their   own   Google   drives,   share   a  ‘ view   only’ copy   with   them   before   they   do   part   2   of   this lesson.

    ● Watch   the   video   at     for instructions   on   part   2   of   this  l esson   (using   Google Sheets   to   create   a   mosaic   template).

    Part   1:   Design   a   mosaic   template   by   hand.  1. Using   only   the   colors   yellow,   blue,   orange,   red,

    and   green,   students   draw   a   pattern   or   picture   onto the   template   sheet,   or   grid   paper,   using   one   color per   box.

    2. After   templates   are   designed,   students   can   use   9, 16,   or   25   Rubik’s   Cubes   to   create   their   mosaic.

  • Technology  Connection: 

    Part   2:   Design   a   template   using    Google   Sheets .  Instructions   for   this   part   of   the   lesson   can   also   be   found  in   this   video:  

    1. Make   a   copy   of   the   Google   Sheets   file   found   at    (The   file   has   “View Only”   restrictions,   so   you   need   to   make   a   copy before   you   will   be   able   to   edit   it.)

    2. After   sharing   a   “View   Only”   version   of   the   file   with your   students,   have   them   save   a   personal   copy   of the   file.   (Or   send   them   to   the   original   file   to   make their   own   copies.)

    3. Students   will   use   the   “Fill   Color”   tool   to   color   the pixels   in   the   template   grids   to   make   their   own images   and   designs.

  • Pixel   art   images   can   be   found   online   to   assist   students.  The   number   of   squares   of   the   image   and   the   given  space   for   each   student   is   often   not   the   same   and   they  will   need   to   adapt   the   image   to   fit   the   grid   space   they  have.   An   internet   image   search   of   “pixel   art”   will   give  ample   results,   and   be   narrowed   by   adding   a   subject  such   as   “pixel   art   unicorns” 

    Extend   the  Activity:  

    Notes   to  Teacher: 

    Students   can   also   examine   how   adding   more   cubes   /  more   pixels   to   their   design   affects   the   area   of   the  mosaic. 

    3x3   and   2x2   Rubik’s   Cubes   are   available   to   borrow   from  the    You   CAN   Do   the   Rubik’s   Cube    Lending   Program   at  no   cost   other   than   return   shipping.­library 

    Teachers   and   youth   leaders   can   borrow   Mosaic   Builder  Sets   sets   of   50­600   Rubik’s   Cubes   from    You   CAN   Do  the   Rubik’s   Cube    at   no   cost   other   than   return   shipping.­a­set/ 

  • Design​ ​Your​ ​Own​ ​Rubik’s​ ​Cube​ ​Mosaic: 9​ ​cubes

    Create​ ​a​ ​template​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​pattern​ ​or​ ​picture​ ​using​ ​only​ ​Rubik’s​ ​Cube colors:​ ​white,​ ​yellow,​ ​green,​ ​blue,​ ​red,​ ​and​ ​orange.​ ​Each​ ​individual​ ​square may​ ​consist​ ​of​ ​only​ ​one​ ​color.

  • Design​ ​Your​ ​Own​ ​Rubik’s​ ​Cube​ ​Mosaic: 16​ ​cubes

    Create​ ​a​ ​template​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​pattern​ ​or​ ​picture​ ​using​ ​only​ ​Rubik’s​ ​Cube colors:​ ​white,​ ​yellow,​ ​green,​ ​blue,​ ​red,​ ​and​ ​orange.​ ​Each​ ​individual​ ​square may​ ​consist​ ​of​ ​only​ ​one​ ​color.

  • Design​ ​Your​ ​Own​ ​Rubik’s​ ​Cube​ ​Mosaic: 25​ ​cubes

    Create​ ​a​ ​template​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​pattern​ ​or​ ​picture​ ​using​ ​only​ ​Rubik’s​ ​Cube colors:​ ​white,​ ​yellow,​ ​green,​ ​blue,​ ​red,​ ​and​ ​orange.​ ​Each​ ​individual​ ​square may​ ​consist​ ​of​ ​only​ ​one​ ​color.

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