Note: You can get this material for free if you purchase Set of 10 Wooden Soma Cubes
This is the first of a set of increasingly difficult challenges which are based on the 7 piece Soma cube. The Soma cube, if you aren't familiar with it, is a 3 x 3 cube dissected into 7 different pieces. It makes an excellent platform for inspiring your students to do 3-Dimensional spatial problem solving.
This is the first collection that is based on "2 piece" puzzles. There are three different levels of challenge: the "basic" challenge shows the pieces to use and how they go together to form a small sculpture.
The "intermediate" challenges feature a sculpture and shows which two pieces should be used. The solver locates the correct pieces and then assembles them into the sculpture shown.
The "advanced" challenges features an image of the sculpture and only states that it uses 2 Soma pieces. The solver must locate the two pieces and assemble them in the correct configuration to solve the puzzle.
This activity comes with a brief history of the Soma cube as well as links to its designer PIet Hein, who designed it while listening to a lecture by Werner von Heisenberg in 1934.