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International Rubik's Cube Tournament

For Immediate Release:
January 01, 2005

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International Rubik's Cube Tournament

In Conjunction with Caltech's Rubik's Cube Club
January 15, 2005, 10am-5pm

Come watch the world's greatest solvers of the Rubik's Cube compete for the
fastest times under improbable circumstances in the first Northern California tournament since 1981, held at the Exploratorium on January 15, 2005, from 10am-5pm. In past years, many world records have been set at such tournaments including the 3x3x3 cube single solve (12.11 seconds), the one-handed solve (25.95 seconds), and the blindfold solve (3 minutes, 10.54 seconds). Among the Rubik’s Cube elite planning to attend are Jessica Fridrich, the creator of the most popular speed cubing system, the Fridrich method; Lars Petrus, 4th-place finisher in the 1982 Rubik's Cube World Championships representing Sweden; Shotaro Makisumi, a 14-year-old freshman from Japan attending high school in Pasadena and current world record holder of the 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube; and Ron van Bruchem. Entry into the tournament is open to anyone. Included in the price of admission to the Exploratorium.

Caltech’s Rubik's Cube Club is responsible for hosting all of the World-Cube-Association-sponsored Rubik's Cube tournaments in the United States, drawing participation from around the world. Since 1981, the club has held all its events in Southern California. The Exploratorium is pleased to bring the Caltech-sponsored Rubik's Cube Club competition to the Bay Area.

Competitors expected in San Francisco hold world records. They include the 3x3x3 cube single solve (12.11 seconds by Shotaro Makisumi), the 3x3x3 average (14.52 seconds by Shotaro Makisumi), the 3x3x3 one-handed solve (25.95 seconds by Christopher Hardwick), and the 3x3x3 blindfold solve (3 minutes 10.54 seconds by Shotaro Makisumi).

Hours of Operation & New Evening Hours
Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm;  every Thursday evening adults only (ages 18 and up) 6pm-10pm.

$25 for adults, with lower rates for SF Bay Area residents, youth, seniors, students, teachers and the disabled. Tickets available at the door and advance tickets available online at www.exploratorium.edu/visit/tickets.

Getting Here
The Exploratorium is easily accessible by public transit. Convenient parking is available nearby. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit/location-directions

About the Exploratorium
The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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