TRIDO – Magnetic Toys

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.

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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!

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