We created Smart Blocks, an augmented mathematical manipulative that allows users to explore the concepts of volume and surface area of 3-dimensional (3D) objects. This interface supports physical manipulation for exploring spatial relationships and it provides continuous feedback for reinforcing learning. By leveraging the benefits of physicality with the advantages of digital information, this tangible interface provides an engaging environment for learning about surface area and volume of 3D objects. Copyright 2007 ACM.

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Keywords Education, Manipulatives, Mathematics, Tangible user interface
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1145/1226969.1227007
Conference 1st International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction
Girouard, A, Solovey, E.T. (Erin Treacy), Hirshfield, L.M. (Leanne M.), Ecott, S. (Stacey), Shaer, O. (Orit), & Jacob, R.J.K. (Robert J. K.). (2007). Smart Blocks: A tangible mathematical manipulative. In TEI'07: First International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction (pp. 183–186). doi:10.1145/1226969.1227007