I solved it! Using the Rubik’s cube to support mental rotation in a middle school science classroom

Jesslyn Valerie, Gary Aylward, Keisha Varma

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Abstract

Increasing demand for educational methods that can improve spatial skills is driven by research showing that it can help students to succeed in STEM fields. This short paper describes a study that looks at the effectiveness of learning to solve the Rubik’s Cube to improve middle school students’ spatial skills, specifically mental rotation. We also examine the overall dynamic of the classroom and the ways that students were interacting with the cubes through observational notes taken during each session. Middle school students participated in four sessions of Rubik’s Cube training designed by the lead researcher and a partner middle school teacher. Results indicate that students improved in their ability to execute two and three-dimensional mental rotation tests. Our findings provide promising evidence that instruction with the Rubik’s Cube can improve mental rotation performance of middle school students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences
Subtitle of host publicationThe Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Conference Proceedings
EditorsMelissa Gresalfi, Ilana Seidel Horn
PublisherInternational Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Pages653-656
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781732467262
StatePublished - 2020
Event14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020 - Nashville, United States
Duration: Jun 19 2020Jun 23 2020

Publication series

NameComputer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL
Volume2
ISSN (Print)1573-4552

Conference

Conference14th International Conference of the Learning Sciences: The Interdisciplinarity of the Learning Sciences, ICLS 2020
CountryUnited States
CityNashville
Period6/19/206/23/20

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