Designing through co-creation with educators had a big focus on making the solutions they proposed feasible. Layer allows children to visualize the concept of decimal places at an age in which mathematics is still too abstract.
Decimal places for kids: from abstract to concrete.
Abstraction is important for mathematics at a later stage - but the concept of numbers and especially decimal places are complex when the field starts to be studied by children. LAYER turns this abstract subject into something concrete and focus on digital fabrication to make the design available for all.
The co-creation development focused on a suggested solution by a teacher: “It would be great if I could stretch a ruler to explain visually to my students the concept of decimal places”. The challenge was to turn this concept into something feasible.
Through digital fabrication it was possible to face the challenge and make the design not only customizable - an important characteristic for education - but also accessible everywhere
The concept of “stretching” proposed by the teacher was deconstructed and turned into a feasible and simple system, which can be easily manufactured and customized: jigs make it easier for anyone adapt the paper parts to their preferences.