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Students use Rubik’s Cubes to create Warrior mascot image in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Valley Rivers Middle School students enhanced their STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills through a fun project utilizing a popular 1980s puzzle toy — the Rubik’s Cube.


About a dozen seventh and eighth grade students in the gifted and talented program at the middle school used 600 Rubik’s Cubes to build a mosaic of the SAD 27 Warrior mascot. The finished project recently was placed on display at the Fort Kent Community High School gym for several weeks.

The students borrowed the cubes from the Cube Lending Program at You CAN Do the Rubik’s Cube based in Massachusetts, which lends Rubik’s Cubes to classrooms free of charge. 

SAD 27 educator and gifted and talented coordinator Jamie Pelletier borrowed the cubes, which the students solved in the high school library. Pelletier said other students would often drop by to help out once they heard of the project. 

“It was fun. We had fun doing it,” Pelletier said. 

The students plan to design a Statue of Liberty mosaic next with cubes they will borrow from the lending program. 

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