Maths can be an alien and a totally abstract subject. With topics that are difficult to communicate. And in a classroom environment, engagement can be difficult. Our brief was to create a new teaching tool for Primary Schools. To help communicate new Mathematical topics to children. Especially the relations between 2D and 3D. The solution had to work on a individual basis as well as in groups or class demonstrations. And still keep it fun and engaging.
Working with Christian Harries, we created the Squared Math Cube. A new teaching tool for students and teachers. Using it to learn and practice 2D and 3D measurements. A 10cm cube, features a grid layout that can be drawn on with a dry marker, then wiped clean. The faces can be changed based on the subject. From centimetres to angles or volume. And is tailored to ability levels.
To test out the prototype I went to visit Castlecoombe Primary School. On the day I had three students of different ability levels to test out the Math Cube. Then prepared an exercise sheet for them to work through.
Ashley had the cube flat out, using it for counting.
Spencer did his sums as well as for drawing.
The group never learnt cubic centimetres, so at the end we all drew on the cube to figure out how many cubic centimetres the coloured in squares were.
The final production model will be a injection moulded cube net. Learning from user testing, the entire cube will be covered in a centimetre grid.
The Math Cube clips together, no magnets like the prototype. Making it a single component product.
The cube will still have changeable faces. They too will be made from PP, and clip into the four holes on the cube face.
[Pixellated faces for identity protection purposes and are not a facial disfigurement]