Rubik's cube is not just fun to use but engaging as well. Before accessories like fidget spinners made it to our hands (without a purpose perhaps), most of us had a Rubik's cube. While some of us used it to stay focused and get thinking about things, others used it religiously to work on their motor skills, concentration and logical thinking skills. Regardless of the purpose it served, it is one of the best toys or gifts we ever received as kids.
March 9, 1943 marked the birth of an incredible young talent. Bobby Fischer became the first American-born world chess champion after defeating his arch rival Boris Spassky. He was also the world’s youngest international grandmaster at the age of fifteen. Bobby was only a six-year-old, when he learnt how to play chess along with his sister by reading the instructions found in a chess set. His sister Joan had picked up the chess board from a candy store below their apartment.
While we sleep, there are people in the nooks and corners of the world desperately carving their way towards excellence. Full of inspiring stories, visions and breakthroughs, they have this knack of looking at things from wider and newer perspectives. It may seem a bit of a cliché but these people have always asked why not instead of why and the result is the place they stand today in their lives.
At Mind Mentorz, we personally consider this post close to our heart mainly because of two things. Firstly, it brings to the light the inevitability of coding, its pros and influence on kids’ imagination and true inner potential. Secondly, and most importantly, it aims at bringing back the long-lost habit among the kids of today of picking up a book and reading it.
Introducing robotics and to kids has two major takeaways – your kids have the time of their lives experimenting with simple tools and concepts and they learn a lot of new things and skills along the way. It is an interactive and engaging for the kids and when you team them up with a couple of their friends, you could seen an electrifying environment around them. Over the last few posts, we have been emphasizing the importance of teaching robotics to your kids and on this one, we have compiled a few simple projects your kids can work on under your supervision.
There is no denying that kids have grasping skills that cannot be compared to any adult. The sheer focus – regardless of the span – kids have on their task or work lets them quickly comprehend, analyze, interpret and solve concerns appropriate for their age. That is exactly why parents should go an extra mile in helping them inculcate new skills right from an early stage.
It's summer and as parents, most of us are looking for effective and exciting ways to engage our kids. If you have not enrolled your kids to a Summer Camp program, you can still pave way for a productive summer. Though televisions, video games and tablets are fine, kids need constant nurturing in terms of developing new abilities, creativity, logical reasoning and more. That is why we have the most ideal solution that will not just keep the kids engaged but let them have fun while doing it as well.
Some of the best movies are those that take us on a journey along with the heroes. But some of the greatest movies are those that let us get inside their minds and get a sneak-peek of their thoughts and voices. Hollywood has produced some really stunning movies based on mind games and tricks. As players of Rubik’s Cube and chess, we do enjoy our share of mind tricks and manipulation and perhaps, we could take some pop culture references to better our games and thought processes.
So if you are free this weekend, here are the best movies on mind games you should binge on.
A revolutionary plot, a breathtaking spectacle – Inception is one of the finest movies to have ever been made. Mot just because of the grandeur of the visuals but the very ‘idea’ itself! Imagine a person using not nukes or bio-chemicals to take down an empire but a simple parasite we call an idea. Who would have thought that dreams could be a medium for alternate universes, dimensions and realities? Every time you watch this movie, there is something new you notice. With all the essential elements, Inception comes first on our list.
Indian cinema has been really good of late and movies from independent directors and newcomers have arrived as a sigh of relief. Kahaani was one such movie, where the director gets into your mind to pull off a magic trick that lasts for over 120 minutes. It is only in the end that you wake up to the trick to feel deceived and feel great about it. The movie about a pregnant woman coming to find her missing husband in Kolkata is sure to leave you amazed this weekend.
We are sure you would have seen the movie but this David Fincher classic is worth every rewatch. The first time you watch it, it’s Tyler Duren that makes an impact. But trust us, from the second time, it’s the movie’s plot and twists that take up your mind. All about hallucinations and delusions, the movie plays a dirty trick in your mind to top off the climax with a twist. If you have not seen this movie, we recommend you watch it today.
Movies based on time travel are meant to be serious and confusing. However, directors take excellent care on their writing to make the concept believable and comprehensible for laymen like us. But there was this one film that really took the best of our intellect – Primer. This is a movie, where protagonists accidentally invent a time machine and their obsession over their creation takes them to alternate realities, overlapping spacetime and consequences that are on the darker shades of light. You would have to watch this movie four or five times to make sense of the narration. We are still stuck in our own light years though!
No, we are not fanboys of Nolan. It’s just that these movies have to be included when it comes to mind games. A tale of two rival magicians and their dirty tricks and games to outdo each other finds a spectacle in visual narration through Prestige. References of Nicola Tesla and technologies way ahead of their times, the movie has innumerable moments of awe. Watch for the actors, the performances and the prestige!
We are sure after watching these movies, you would want to pull off some of your own tricks on the chessboard. If these movies are intended to motivate players, we would love to share more from our lists. Do drop in your favorite movies as comments as well.
Gary Kimovich Kasporov, hailing from Russia is one of the greatest players of our time. The more you read about him, his achievements, and his games, the more you will be inspired. Born in 1963, the 55-year-old chess wizard is also known for being a writer and political activist. But give him a chessboard and he would show you what he does best – take down opponents without bloodshed.
I still remember the time I was new to chess and I was playing with one of my cousins during this time of the year. It was summer holidays and was just getting the hang of chess, its rules, the moves and the likes. Whenever I played with my cousin, I hardly managed to play over 5 moves. Why? Checkmate!
Some of the greatest minds started young. That’s the entire essence of excellence and success wrapped in a very few words. To be successful, you have to start right from an early age and work your way through your passion. That’s exactly why we have been emphasizing on the importance of introducing concepts on coding, chess and robotics to your kids at their prime ages.
On one of our previous posts, we shared some insights on why your kids should start learning coding today. To take that vision of ours forward, we bring to you some of the most essential websites that you need to bookmark to teach coding to your kids. Apart from making your kids future-ready in terms of life and career security, early exposure to coding and app development unleashes the full potential of your kids’ creativity and imagination.
A Rubik’s Cube is one of the most common pieces of puzzle we find in our lives. While you’re traveling in train, bus, visiting a grocery store or buying a pen at a stationery store, chances are very high that you might find Rubik’s Cube being sold. That’s the market penetration and popularity of the puzzle that has sold over 500 million units. However, what remains a fact is that not many of us know how to solve one. On this post, we will get a little closer in solving the Rubik’s Cube through a series of simple steps. So, if you have a Rubik’s Cube near you, get it and follow the instructions.
When the professor of architecture and sculptor from Hungary devised a puzzle in 1974, hardly did he know that he was creating nothing less than a revolutionary mental challenge that would influence minds for the decades to come. Yes, initially called the Magic Cube, it was the year 1980 that a few businessmen sold the puzzle to a toy company. On selling, the Magic Cube became Rubik’s Cube and cut to a few decades, it became the world’s top selling puzzle game in the history with over 500 million cubes getting sold.
As we are slowly waking up to the importance of coding and programming languages here in India, a group back in the US realized the inevitability of coding as early as 16 years back. And this realization was not based on the scope of coding for adults but for kids over 8 years. Yes, MIT Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarden Group developed a visual programming language targeted at teaching coding to kids in 2002 that made its first appearance in the year 2007. Designed to help kids understand coding concepts and programming languages, the visual tool for ages 8 and above allows kids to think, analyze, collaborate and imagine a virtual world simultaneously learning digital concepts.
One of the major shortcomings our previous generation complained was on the inaccessibility to information. For them, everything was a struggle and they had to go on a pursuit to know things, adapt, work and evolve. However, that’s not the case with our generation and the ones to follow. At the click of a button, we have a world of information waiting to be explored and if you’re really into personal development for yourself or your kid, there are plenty of avenues and opportunities.
At a time when the world is talking about why adults and conventional IT professionals should learn to code and upskill to data analytics and Python programming languages, we would like to take a space off the sphere and emphasize why your kids should start learning coding today. In simple words, technology-based skills that were considered in-demand yesterday have become obsolete today. The massive layoffs last year in tech companies like Tech Mahindra, Infosys, CTS and more are prime examples of this.
Allan Rufus the author of ‘The Master’s Sacred Knowledge’ once quoted, “Life is like a game of Chess. To win you have to make a move”. Reading this quote twice or thrice, what perplexed me was, which is tougher and complex, Life or Chess? Should I compare making a move in Chess with Life or Life with Chess? Speaking on the complexity and toughness of life is out of the purview of this article. So, let me focus on the challenges what a beginner, to be precise a kid who begins to play chess faces during a long chess tournament.
Aman Thomas George and Vandana Srinivas Babu, students of Mind Mentorz an institute providing Chess Coaching in Kalyan Nagar, Bangalore, has become FIDE rated chess players after the recent BRDCA (Bangalore Rural District Chess Association) tournament. While Vandana has secured a rating of 1147, Aman secured a rating of 1107.