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Maywood Middle School Team Solves 25 Rubik’s Cubes in record time  Best in State, Best in the Nation

Maywood Middle School Team Solves 25 Rubik’s Cubes in record time: Best in State, Best in the Nation!

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 5 July, 2019

The blistering speed of the Maywood Middle School Rubik’s Cube Team has earned them Elite Team status, as well as top ranking in the You CAN Do the Rubik’s® Cube Speed League. The team solved 25 3x3 Rubik’s Cubes in 1:34 (one minute, thirty-four seconds) at the Washington State Rubik’s Cube Competition during the 2018/19 school year.

The Maywood Middle School team ranks 1st in Washington and 1st nationally among division 2 (grades 6-8) teams who competed at You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube competitions during the 2018/19 school year.

“I am incredibly proud of each member of our team for the dedication, enthusiasm, and hard work that was put in to achieve such an amazing time,” said advisor, Ron Ciraulo. “We realized we had a great team this year, when we solved the cubes in under two minutes during our first practice together. We kept shaving off seconds, week after week. Honestly, though, I don’t think any of us thought that first in the nation was realistically attainable. When we got to the state competition, we were placed at a table next to our district rivals from Beaver Lake Middle School. As each team did warm-up runs, our times were both hovering in the one minute, 30 second range, and our excitement began to grow. So, when it came time for the actual competition, both schools had high hopes. In the end, we came out where we did, and Beaver Lake was a few seconds behind us – good enough to place them 4th in the nation this year. It was a great showing for teams from the Issaquah School District.”

Maywood principal, Erin McKee added, “We are fortunate to have Mr. Ciraulo lead our Rubik’s Cube club because it provides a space for our students to build friendships, learn new things and overcome challenges in a positive setting. And certainly our school community is proud of their big accomplishments this year!”

During the timed competition, teams of eight students work collectively to solve 25 Rubik's Cubes in the fastest time. Members of teams who solve the cube in under two minutes could also compete in solo events to solve one cube in the fastest time.

The Speed League is the national leaderboard of the fastest elementary, middle, and high school teams and solo competitors in the U.S. who have solved the Rubik’s Cube during You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube competitions. The leaderboard shows the rank, school and time of the fastest teams and solo competitors. Results can be filtered by event, state, date, and/or division (kindergarten through fifth grade - division 1, sixth through eighth grade - division 2, and ninth through twelfth grade - division 3).

Visit YouCanDoTheCube.com for Speed League results and to learn more about participating in or hosting a competition.

About You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube

You CAN Do the Rubik's Cube is an educational outreach program that provides resources and support to schools and youth organizations to teach STEM/STEAM standards and 21st century skills by using the Rubik's Cube. Since the program’s launch in 2008, more than 25,000 teachers and millions of students have benefited from You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube enrichment activities.