Calling all budding young brain boxes! Brace yourselves for one seriously mind-boggling battle...the Rubik's UK Championships 2015!
Taking place 7-8 November at The Forum in Stevenage, 'Speedcubers' from across the country will compete to see who can solve the Rubik’s Cube in the fastest time. As well as racing to complete different sized Rubik’s Cubes, competitors will be twisting and turning this perplexing puzzle in different ways, too - including one handed, blindfolded and even with their feet! Wow!
To find out more about this quirky competition, Nat Geo KiDS caught up with Speedcuber Billy Jeffs, who'll be battling it out in the UK Championships!
NG KiDS: Hi Billy! So how old were you when you first got into Speedcubing?
Billy: I started a few years ago, when I was 22.
NG KiDS: Are you looking forward to the Rubik's UK Championships?
Billy: Definitely! It will be the fourth UK Championships I've attended and the third I've helped organise. And this year is going to be the biggest Rubik’s competition the UK has ever seen, with over 170 competitors!
NG KiDS: Do you remember when you first solved the Rubik’s cube? How long did it take you?
Billy: I remember the evening when I learned. I watched a tutorial on YouTube and followed it carefully. I think it took me around four hours before I was able to solve the Rubik's Cube without referring to notes. The feeling was awesome!
NG KiDS: We can imagine it was! What's your fastest time?
Billy: My at home personal best is 8.97 seconds. Luckily, I caught this on film and it's on my YouTube channel.
NG KiDS: Do you have any Speedcubing goals?
Billy: I just want to continue to improve my speed, keep making great friends and organise more awesome competitions!
NG KiDS: Thanks Billy! Best of luck in the Rubik's UK Championships!
One of the world's most famous toys, check out these fab facts about the Rubik's Cube!
This great gadget was invented by a man named Ernö Rubik in Hungary in 1974.
It was originally called the Magic Cube, before being renamed the Rubik’s Cube in 1980.
An estimated 350 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold worldwide!
The original Rubik's Cube has over 43,000,000,000,000,000,000 (or 43 quintillion) possible combinations! How’s that for a mind-blowing number?!
The current world record for the fastest time to solve a Rubik’s cube is 5.25 seconds, held by American teenager Collin Burns.
There are Smartphone-powered robots that can solve the Rubik’s Cube in just 3.25 seconds!
Cool, eh? To find out more about the Rubik’s Cube and Speedcubing - and to learn how to master this brilliant brain-boggler for yourselves! - head to rubiks.com!