Working with an idea by Shelley Frape, a Harrow Way School Teacher, Maped Helix’s latest research and design project that has resulted in the launch of a new style protractor, will be on the market just in time for back to school.
Unchanged for more than 100 years, Mrs Frape felt the protractor was due an overhaul.
She said, “having taught secondary school maths for a number of years I could see within my own classrooms that the measurement markings on a traditional protractor were the cause of some confusion.
“My redesign has removed the anti-clockwise scale and placed the zero line at the very base of the protractor, which makes it easier for students to use while improving their understanding of acute and obtuse angles with the use of the two colours and inclusion of the words, acute and obtuse.
These simple changes have made a big difference in the classroom so I’m hoping going forward it will make life easier for both students and maths teachers alike.”
Gray Richmond, Maped Helix UK Managing Director added, “we’ve been in the stationery business for more than 130 years and it's through consistently evolving and innovating that we maintain our market-leading position.
“We welcome fresh ideas and feedback from our customers and we're extremely excited by Mrs Frape’s vision. We are delighted our collaboration has come to fruition and are looking forward to seeing it help pupils up and down the country.”
Mrs Frape's new style protractor is available to purchase via the YPO and RM Supplies 2020 catalogues, local stationery catalogues and Amazon from September 2019.