After students design a solution, they can finish creating this puzzle cube with hand drawings or on the computer. The puzzle cube challenge is to create a cube made of five parts. Students are given 27 individual cubes and each part must have a minimum of 3 cubes and a maximum of 6 individual cubes. Two parts need to interlock and all of the parts must have different shapes from each other. This project integrates spacial relationships, art history, computer illustration and animation.

Click here to see a puzzle cube project animation rendered on the computer.
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Student's studied tile designs, created there own interlocking designs on the computer which were adhered to the faces of the cube parts. All of the examples below were part of a course in connection with college credit from Rochestor Institute of Technology.

All of the parts below were designed on the computer and assembled to show the solution to the puzzle cube challenge.

The first samples show students who created a Me Cube where the drawings on all of the sides represent interests and things about themselves. Art history was also integrated into the lesson by having students make the drawings in a Cubist and Surrealist style.