A group of local students enjoyed the first week of August learning about mosaics using Rubik’s Cubes as part of an AIG Summer Seminar offered through Polk County Schools.

The group, comprised of rising fourth to sixth graders, took part in the week-long seminar thanks to a Polk County Community Foundation AIG Summer Seminar Grant and Tryon Arts & Crafts School. Tryon Elementary AIG teacher Kimberly Granville led the class.

Students learned how to use different software applications and graph paper to plot on two axes in order to create mosaics using 3X3 Rubik’s Cubes. Students created their own artwork, in part with the You Can Do The Rubik’s Cube (YCDTRC) lending program, which will be entered in a contest with K-12 students around the country and Canada later this year.

During the week, students learned about visual-spatial reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving, delaying gratification, building confidence and self esteem, perseverance and supporting each other while replicating and/or solving at least one side of the Rubik’s Cube.

Granville commended TACS for making sure safety protocols through wearing masks, social distancing and health screening upon arrival were adhered to during the week.

Students taking part in the seminar included Sophia Smith, Gunnar Arledge, Hudson Tyler, Elena Greve and Amelia Gondek.