Tactile Protractor

A protractor to help make and measure tactile angles.

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Description

This protractor allows students and their teachers to create tactile angles using a standard braille stylus or pen in order to make marks on paper. Our design comes with a base plate, similar to that of a braille slate, that has pegs that stick through a piece of paper to lock the protractor in place. The protractor can then be used to draw angles. The protracor has markings every 5 degrees and a pointer to guide the drawing and measurement of angles. There are larger marks every 10 degrees with additional indicators at 0, 45, 90, 135, and 180 degrees. There are marking holes, guide marks in the angle pointer, and the base plate has divots to help with markng angles. This protractor also includes a centimeter ruler along the base.

Original file and more can be found at: http://sahyun.net/projects/3Dprint/objects.php#protractor

Materials and methods

To use this protractor, start by placing the bottom on the underside of a piece of paper. The pegs on the base plate will stick up through the paper, and the top can then be fitted over those pegs. Now, simply snap the pointer into place, and away you go! The pointer has marks in it that allow the user to measure angles with more precision, and holes in the protractor allow the drawing of lines and arcs.

Next, set the pointer to the desired angle. The pointer fits between the 5 and 10 degree markings to act as a useful guide. The 5 degree markings are inset so you can easily feel between adjacent angle markings such as 15 and 20 degrees. The holes for the stylus are in the center of the marks. Note that the 0, 45, 90, 135, and 180 degree marks are extended so they can be easily located. Mark the angle on the inside area of the protractor (there are five additional locations along the pointer) and on the outer edge where the gnomon is near the angle marks.

The angle has now been marked and when the protractor is removed, the paper retains the indented markings. Turn the paper over and the tactile angle is easily felt.

A tactile 180 degree semi-circle with marks every 5 degrees and additional marks at 0, 45, 90, 135, and 180 degrees can easily be constructed with this protractor. The base is marked with rulings spaced 1 cm apart with an extra mark at the circle's center.

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981736d354afaf1b65d46082d15287ed?default=blank&size=40LORE SCHINDLER added this to the Math collection ago
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