Learning to solve the Rubik's Cube is good for your child!
Ever wanted your child to have a sharper mind, or perhaps be smarter than other kids their age? How would you like your child to solve problems easily and stand out among his friends?
Studying for exams will get your child better grades, but to truly sharpen their minds, they should learn the Rubik’s Cube!
With over 43 quintillion combinations, the Rubik’s cube requires skill, not luck. By visualising the spatial impact of every move that is made on the Rubik’s Cube, your child will improve his spatial awareness, problem solving skills, and determination, skills critical to any child in today’s competitive economy.
Solving the Rubik’s Cube grants a sense of accomplishment while inculcating a belief that nothing is impossible.
By being able to solve the Rubik’s cube, my faith in my own abilities gradually improved and I took on bigger challenges in my academic pursuit; I am so glad that my mum bought me a Rubik’s Cube when I was 10!
With 94% of the world being unable to solve the Rubik’s cube, your child’s abilities will be an impressive feat in the eyes of everyone else. Being able to solve the Rubik’s cube within 10s is an incredible feat which is not only useful for scholarship applications but is also useful to impress others with ease. Most people also can’t help but believe that people who can solve Rubik’s cube are intelligent problem solvers.
Most people who try out online solutions eventually conclude that they are unable to solve the Rubik’s cube, but the truth is: Everybody can solve the Rubik’s cube. The keystone lies in using an intuitive and easily understood guide. Most online solutions contain confusing terminologies, mind-warping language and confusing notations such as R U R’ U R U2 R’ or (y') R U2 R2 F R F' U2 R' F R F'. If anybody understood that, explain it to us and we will give you a free softcopy of the book.
But, our book is different. Being written by a world record holder and a Singapore National Record holder with more than 20 years of combined experience in teaching the Rubik’s Cube, our guide contains all the common problems faced by beginners while learning to solve the Rubik’s Cube, along with comprehensive pictorial solutions – an absolute joy to read compared to confusing notations such as ((y') R U2 R2 F R F' U2 R' F R F'). Additional illustrations are also included as tips to assist beginners. With over 300 illustrations, every scenario, however rare, is presented in a clear and intuitive manner. A bonus intermediate section that helps beginners master the advanced methods that used in competitions is also included – content that is found nowhere else.
In addition, extra efforts are taken to break up complicated steps into bite-sized-parts that are easily understood. As teachers of the Rubik’s cube, we understand the importance of clear instructions.
By using the guide, any beginner can solve the Rubik’s Cube - even children as young as 5! Learning the Rubik’s Cube sharpens one’s minds and inspires one to take on greater challenges.
Inspiring people around the world to take up the Rubik’s Cube is the main motivation that drove us to pen this book. The Rubik’s cube was our first major challenge in life that pushed us to greater heights and achievements – Something that we hope will be the same for your child as well!
A version of our solution is available on this website for free. The solution found in this book is more comprehensive and tailored for younger audiences. It includes a bonus intermediate solution as well as warnings and call-outs in the margin. These features are not found in our online solution.
About the authors
Kai Xiang learnt to solve the Rubik’s Cube 9 years ago in 2007 when he was twelve. He has been competing since 2008 and has broken 81 Singapore National Records since then. In 2010, he ranked 4th in Asia and 9th in the world for the 4x4x4 Rubik’s Cube. In 2011, he held 25 national records simultaneously. Kai Xiang also set the Guinness World Record for “Fastest time to solve a Rubik’s Cube whilst juggling” in 2015. He has been featured on television shows, newspapers, magazines and radios for his achievements several times.
Kai Xiang taught over 10 thousand students through his website and taught children as young as 5 through his teaching engagements.
Kai Xiang is currently a joint university scholarship recipient for a double degree program in engineering and business management. He also scored 7 distinctions for both his GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ level examinations.
Nicholas is currently an undergraduate in Piano Performance at the Jacobs School of Music, at Indiana University.
Nicholas graduated from the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science with a Diploma (Distinction), with Honours in Physics and Mathematics, and Majors in Chemistry and Music. During his time at NUS High School, Nicholas’ team won the coveted Gold Award at the 2011 Singapore Science at Engineering Fair, with the project “Designing Rubik’s Cube Mechanisms”.
Nicholas first learnt how to solve the Rubik’s Cube in 2005, and picked up speedcubing as a serious hobby in 2007. He developed Sandwich, an alternative, direct solving method for big cubes (for 4x4x4 and above). While not as fast as regular, conventional methods, Nicholas has achieved respectable times with Sandwich, through many hours of optimizing and improving the method. He held 2 National Records for the 2x2x2 in 2010. Nicholas also coached many speedcubers in Singapore during his active speedcubing years, helping them improve their timings, with the insight he had through developing alternative methods. His best student is Kai Xiang, who broke the sub-10 seconds barrier in 2010.