Maped Helix Protractor

Improving the learning experience for maths students

Maped Helix Protractor

Stationary innovation

The protractor hasn't changed for around 100 years. Children find it confusing and frequently make mistakes by reading the wrong number or incorrectly positioning the protractor on the page.

A teacher approached Idea Reality to solve this problem. A design was created and prototyped to test with students and other teachers. A significant amount of primary research was undertaken in both primary and secondary schools, testing the idea with pupils and staff. Once the optimal graphical layout was established, the design was registered and taken to the largest player in the market for maths stationary, Maped Helix, who have since licensed the product.