The Rubik’s cube was invented in 1974 by a Hungarian architect, Erno Rubik, and it wasn’t long before the puzzle became mainstream. The concept of the puzzle is simple enough: rotate the dials until the colors match. As we all know though, it’s far from simple in practice, especially since there are over 43 quintillion possible permutations (43,252,003,274,489,856,000 to be exact). When these were fairly new they were a great challenge and left most people around the world stumped, and quite frustrated too! At the same time, “speedcubers” were competing with each other to break the new world record (the most recent shown in the video above). Most people still didn’t have a clue and a majority had also given up, but there were a few enthusiasts who studied the cube emphatically. Some people, even young children, had no problem solving these puzzles since their brains were “wired” to do so. One could say that they were Rubik’s prodigies, although they probably excelled at a lot more things other than the cube.
Then we have chess geniuses as young as seven competing with veteran grandmasters
There have been a few movies about child chess players who are on par with the greatest players in the world, although movies tend to use more hyperbole than fact so it’s hard to take them seriously. However, Magnus Carlsen is one such genius who forced a draw from the then world number one, Gary Kasparov. Magnus was aged just 13 at the time and he later went on to beat Kasparov in the same year, something that seems quite unbelievable considering Kasparov was and still is one of the greatest players of all time.
We all know that a few people in society excel in particular fields and their brains have something different that allows them to do this, but we don’t really know what that something is. Some children are good at math, some are really good and some are beyond anything we can comprehend. Some can do incredible arithmetic in their head in an instant, some can memorize Pi to 100,000 decimal places with ease, some can understand advanced calculus without ever opening a math book. We don’t know how or why some people have brains like this, but we do know how to recognize and harness their potential at an early stage, thanks in part to technology.
At BeijingMath our program is unlike any other mathematics practice program in the world; it uses Dynamic Difficulty Adjustment (DDA) to give each child new questions based on their personal skill level. That means that students who struggle in a certain category will receive slightly easier questions until they improve, then they will get more difficult questions. If a child does turn out to be a prodigy it will be far easier to spot. Parents/teachers can check the progress of each child and fully understand which areas they are excelling in or which areas they need more tuition in. This saves time and effort for everyone concerned and it also ensures no child is getting bored by learning things they already understand.