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Toy Hall of Fame

November 10th 2014 by Chris Durnford

6th Graders’ Nomination Successfully Inducts the Rubik’s Cube into the Toy Hall of Fame

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Did you know the Rubik’s Cube’s roots are in education? Professor Rubik invented the cube as a tool to show his students a model of 3-D Geometry and design! So, it seems very fitting that a school, Northwood Elementary located in Rochester, New York was the catalyst that propelled the cube into the Toy Hall of Fame based on four criteria including “Discovery: The toy fosters learning, creativity, and discovery through play”.

As noted by the Democrat & Chronicle, “... teachers, Jennifer Ames and Julie Fiege, created a curriculum unit that incorporated research, writing, multimedia production, and public speaking. Working in small groups, the students researched their toys, wrote persuasive essays, and built three-dimensional displays for their nominations. On December 20, 2013, they made formal presentations at their own version of a Toy Hall of Fame Nomination Ceremony using argumentative speaking, slide shows, video clips, and the displays they had created.” Judges selected the Rubik’s Cube as the winner in the mock nomination presentations .

But their effort did not stop there! During Spring 2014 they joined forces with the You Can Do The Rubik’s Cube program, an educational outreach program in the USA and presented over 1000 real nominations to The Strong Toy Hall of Fame and their efforts were picked up on social media which created a global flood of nominations. Today, the result is the induction into the Toy Hall of Fame for the following criteria:

  • Icon-status: The toy is widely recognized, respected, and remembered
  • Longevity: The toy is more than a passing fad and has enjoyed popularity over multiple generations
  • Discovery: The toy fosters learning, creativity, or discovery through play
  • Innovation: The toy profoundly changed play or toy design.

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