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CraftWorks forming Rubik’s Cube team

By Staff | Aug 13, 2010

CHARLES TOWN – This fall, West Virginia will be represented at the “You Can Solve The Rubik’s Cube!” tournament held as part of the 2010 USA Science & Engineering Festival. All teams from the greater D.C. area, including Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, will compete in the preliminary tournament to be held on Oct. 21 at the National Electronics Museum. The top six team finalists will advance to the Grand Final held on Oct. 23 as part of the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on the National Mall.

This year is special as it marks the 30th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube invention and its creator, Professor Erno Rubik, will be honored at the festival with a lifetime achievement award in D.C., and winners will get to meet him personally.

The idea to form a team came about in part from Anthony Forcione, a 15-year-old Jefferson County resident and Washington High School student. Anthony is a regular CraftWorks student and eagerly expressed his desire to CraftWorks’ staff about heading the competition and seeking recruits to form a team to represent West Virginia on Oct. 21. CraftWorks’ Director David Lillard agreed to sponsor the team, supervised by Isabelle Truchon, visual arts studio manager. Anthony is a national competitor ranked 527 in the USA and is living proof that anyone can learn to solve the cube at incredible speed. For more info on the competition visit www.usasciencefestival.org. Beginning this Wednesday, teenagers will meet every Wednesday at CraftWorks in town from 4 to 5:30 p.m. to prepare for the event. Teens interested in joining are asked meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday. Teens will be introduced to one another and begin practicing their techniques and solves. For more information please contact CraftWorks at info@wvcraftworks.org.