Mathematics can be a hard concept to understand yet it has such an important role in society from finance to engineering. Although it may be understood professionally it seems that more and more children are finding the fundamentals of mathematics hard to grasp.
In collaboration with designer Robin Miller we created a teaching tool to help primary school children understand the fundamentals of mathematics. We based the design on the Montessori style of learning which is a very active way of teaching children through play.
Squared consists of a 2D net that folds in to a 100mm³ box which has a series of attachable faces. Each face covers one aspect of mathematics and come in varying levels of difficulty to gradually teach kids about the different principles of mathematics.
We tested it with a group of Year 5 students who used it as a guide to answer a series of math problems we made in collaboration with the teachers. The session received a positive response from both students and teachers and we were even asked wether Squared would be available to buy in the future.
If we find enough schools showing demand for it we will get a small batch of them manufactured using injection moulding and see if there is a larger market for these to be adopted in the masses.