You know I have been trying to post about different Kickstarter campaigns in the past that are related to mathematics. So, today I wanted to post about a new project – the campaign just started – which I have followed for a while on Instagram. The project I am talking about is called TRIDO – Next Generation Magnetic Construction Toys.
TRIDO® is a magnetic construction toy based on the geometry of Platonic solids. We use different shapes here, such as Octahedron, which has eight sides, Tetrahedron, which has four sides, as well as 1/2 Tetrahedron with four sides. Every face of every shape is embedded with powerful magnets, and thus will attract every other face of every other shape, so you can combine TRIDO® shapes in an infinite variety of ways. The magnets embedded in the shapes are placed in a particular order so that shapes always align themselves along the edges. There are always new, exciting ways to use these geometric shapes and you/your child will be able to enjoy them.
First of all, I totally love the idea to use geometric shapes for toys. Just the mention of Platonic solids should make any math-lover more excited about this toy. A short reminder: a Platonic solid is a regular, convex polyhedron; it is constructed by congruent regular polygonal faces with the same number of faces meeting at each vertex.
Second, I believe this toy could be a great introduction to 3D geometry to children. The fact that it uses other shapes than the usual cube and cuboid makes it more interesting. Understanding basic concepts of 3D shapes – faces, vertex, sides – is made easier with this type of game, especially because you can put more shapes together to make a new one. You can explain even more complicated concepts with this. Some of the examples that go through my mind involve volume, surface area and even optimization problem.
Absolutely incredible, show it so love on Kickstarter if you like the idea.
Hope you enjoyed this short post. I know I haven’t posted much in March, but I have been working for my free online course on Modern Mathematics and another future project, which I cannot say much yet. Feel free to comment bellow. Have a great day. You can find me on Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Twitter and Instagram. I will try to post there as often as possible.
Lots of love and don’t forget that maths is everywhere! Enjoy!