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Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
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Introducing the Open Geoboard!
It’s our belief that the future of education should be based on personalized learning, free choice, imagination, critical thinking and real-world skills. The best approach to that is the one that could achieve all that with ease – through play and with enthusiasm. Our team commits to that and wants to show you it is worth the challenge to help shape the future of education and to assist kids to get educated for the World of tomorrow. Play to Know!
World's First Wooden 3D Geometric Platform - the Open Geoboard
From the simplest 2D patterns...
... to the most complex 3D ones, never seen before on a geoboard!
As Seen at
"I made the 1st geoboard for my son in our FabLab in Sofia 3 years ago. And this is how the Open Geoboard looks today. Please help us make it a finished product :)." Nikola Chernev, creator
The Geoboard or the Geometric Board was invented and popularized in the middle of the 20th century by the Egyptian mathematician Caleb Gattegno. Basically the Geoboard consists of a square wooden base with fixed pegs or nails arranged in columns and rows. Rubber bands can be wrapped around the pegs and thus form a variety of shapes. Initially, Gattegno proposed the Geoboard as a tool for energy efficient learning of math concepts such as counting, adding, subtraction, area, perimeter, position, pattern, scaling, plane shapes, angles, rotation, reflection, etc. But it turned out that the Geoboard can also be widely used as a platform for art work, design and game play. Applied at an early age the Geoboard develops fine motor skills and enhances learning. It is also suitable as a teaching tool for students with special needs.
The Open Geoboard is the perfect playing/learning tool for:
- Children 3-12 years old;
- Adults and professionals especially from the fields of math, physics, design, architecture
- Parents - Grandparents - Teachers;
- Innovative teaching centres, for example Montessori, Waldorf, etc.
- Daycare centres;
- Afterschool programs.
from the Maker Faire Vienna 2018:
It is made of high quality beech plywood beautifully finished with German hard wax oil. It is long-lasting, has strong structural integrity and is easy use. It is a square 24 by 24 cm (9,45 by 9,45 inches), 1,8 cm (0,7 inch) thick and weighs around 800 g (1.76 pounds). It feels very natural and solid in one’s hands. Unlike the traditional geoboards, the Open Geoboard set consists of 2 boards with high resolution - a Cartesian and a Polar coordinate systems with 265 and 185 holes respectively. Therefore, along with classical geometry shapes, a whole new set of patterns can be built – more complex and more detailed. The boards can also be paired in a plane creating a bigger work-space or at a 90 degree angle to create a 3D space. The Board can be used anywhere: in school, at home, even outside.
Another one of our innovations, the Templates enable parents, teachers and children to predetermine the initial conditions of the building process. They are the main reason why the Open Geoboard can be used for a very long time with very broad age group (ages 3 to 12 and beyond).
They are thin layers made of laminated paper fixed on top of the wooden board with anchor pegs. Their goal is to show only the some of the holes and to add markings. For instance the number of holes can be reduced to 5x5, 10x10, 11x11 for different age groups and difficulty levels. There are different templates for a coordinate system, multiplication and division, clock, pie chart, games like chess, Ludo and mazes... And with your help we will develop many more.
The templates increase tremendously the usability of the Open Geoboard and provide guidance for problem solving (coordinates, clock, percentage count, etc.). By reducing the number of holes to 5x5 even the age group 3-6 can benefit from the boards. Furthermore, the Open Geoboard enthusiasts can make their own template designs serving their needs and imagination and share them with the community.
The pegs are the dots in the 3 Dimensional grid. The have ergonomic design which prevents the rubber bands from slipping away, come in 6 different heights, plus there is an anchor peg for the templates. All pegs are movable which enables the teacher to guide the building process where students go through planned sequences of steps. For example, they can start with a rubber band and two pegs when they are asked to build a line, three pegs for a triangle and four for a square. This is particularly useful when a new topic is introduced and the teacher would like to draw the student’s attention to some crucial points. Only by varying the length of the pegs we can plunge ourselves right into the third dimension.
The Rubber Bands
The rubber bands are the lines in the grid. They come in different sizes and colours.
The Educators Booklet
A digital Open Geoboard Handbook for educators and parents with step by step instruction how to use the Open Geoboard and hands on activities arranged by difficulty and difficulty. Additional activity booklet for children to play on their own building models from the book.
Both books will be in 3 versions, divided by age groups 3-6, 7-9, 10-12 and will be available in both English and German language.
You can use the Open Geoboard for almost all compulsory math topics for grades 1. to 6. And of course for many more voluntary and advanced topics. This means that your Open Geoboard is indeed the one versatile math tool that can be used through the whole primary education, beginning even from the kindergarten. And of course it is a great platform for games, art, creativity and fun. Here are the main topics we will cover in the Educators booklet (in order according to the Bulgarian state school system):
Fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, counting, basic 2D shapes, basic 3D shapes, symmetry, the clock and more.
1. grade: fundamentals of arithmetics and geometry – digits, numbers, comparing of numbers, counting, addition, subtraction, geometrical figures, square, triangle, line, section, measuring of lengths;
2. grade: fundamentals of arithmetics and geometry – measuring units, addition and subtraction with bigger numbers, multiplication, division
3. grade: fundamentals of arithmetics and geometry – further addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with even bigger numbers, angles, different kinds of triangles;
4. grade: fundamentals of arithmetics and geometry – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with all kinds of natural numbers, solution of text problems;
5. grade: fractions, decimal fractions, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions, figures: triangle, parallelogram, rhomb, trapeze, surfaces of figures, bodies: cube, parallelepiped, cuboid, volumes of bodies, surfaces of bodies, percents, diagrams;
1. All started around three years ago 2.
Preparations for the Kickstarter campaign - April/May 3.
Maker Faire Vienna 05-06.05.2018 4.
Maker Faire Berlin 25-27.05.2018 5. Finishing designs - June/July 6. Workshops @ "Bridges 2018 - Mathematics, Art, Music, Architecture, Education, Culture Conference", Stockholm 25-29.07.2018 7.
Educators manuals writing - June/July 8. Production and shipping of educators' sets - July/August 9. Production of sets - September/October 10. Shipping early birds - November/December. Ω
МЕЕТ THE TEAM: Nikola - maker, creator of the Open Geoboard, Yan - the inspirer of the project, Yordan - a STEAM teacher, Zhana - mother of two Svetla - math teacher, "Center for Fun Mathematics".
SPREAD THE WORD: If you are excited about making the Open Geoboard a reality like we are, please share it with your families and friends.
Very emotional ending of the Maker Faire Vienna.
Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES:
We have already done small scale manufacturing. Hundred of kids ages 3-15 years old, even grown ups, have extensively used our workshop kits and they have proven to be robust, still perfectly working after 2 years. In the last two years a full school set was tested at primary school in many math and science activities.
Our trusted partners have already successfully manufactured 3 batches of the wooden parts and have proven they can sustain high quality and high precision over time. The thousands of pegs produces have proven to be highly precise and robust.
We are not expecting any serious problems during the process of finishing up the product and have added sufficient buffer time for fulfilling your pre-orders on time.
The dot paper is a printable paper that features patterns of dots at various intervals. Variations include the number of dots per cm, and the size of the paper could be different - for example legal, letter, A4.