My school has a yearly tradition called “May Day.” On one day near the end of the school year, we get to skip classes and instead have a field day with amazing food, bouncy houses, as well as an hour long workshop of every student’s choice. There ended up being about 25 workshops that the students could choose from. This year’s May Day took place earlier today (May 16, 2022).
Instead of attending a workshop, I decided to lead a workshop of my own with two of my friends, where we would teach people how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. We were especially shocked to find out that 156 people had picked our workshop as one of their top four choices, as this was over 1/4 of the student body. Thankfully, the school administration limited the workshop to 36 people (prioritizing those who put it as their first choice).
Regardless, we were worried about how we could possibly teach 36 people how to solve a Rubik’s Cube in just one hour as it usually takes an hour to teach just 1 person! Against all odds, our workshop was surprisingly successful—we lended one cube to every person and walked them through the steps to solve the cube. Between each step, we made sure to go around the room and help people as needed.
Ultimately, we didn’t have quite enough time to teach the entire cube, but we still managed to make significant progress (up to the first 2 layers of the cube). Nonetheless, I think the laid-back, open atmosphere of the workshop was what contributed to its success the most. I’m grateful that the three of us were able to collaborate so well both in preparation for and during the workshop!