An Instructional Aid
FLEXI-MODELS is an instructional aid and a method of teaching, based on a revolutionary system of building kits designed for constructing models .
FLEXI-MODELS is developed especially for the instruction of mathematical notions and problems. It enables the user to model a great variety of forms derived from most subfields of mathematics, first of all from geometry.
The FLEXI-MODELS - kit consists of differently shaped and colored, tubular sticks and strings. These elements make it especially easy to construct and reconstruct diverse geometrical forms.. The same set can be used for the construction of freely moveable models and games as well.
The most interesting aspects regarding this kit are that the created structures are elastic, expandable and most of them have elements, the position of which can be continuously modified.
FLEXI-MODELS also allow one to develop alternative perspectives in teaching mathematics. Especially in two- and three-dimensional geometry, they open up unprecedented opportunities as through the properties of individual elements and through a simple combination of the above. While FLEXI-MODELS serve as important instrument for demonstrating problems by classroom teachers, the easy handling and versatile elements provide an opportunity for students to construct, to experiment, and to engage in free experiment. One further advantage of it is that its use provides instant feedback to the teacher about the progress of the students and the degree of their understanding of the subject of learning and teaching.
The applications of the elements of the kit are not limited just to the teaching of abstract subject matter. Other opportunities offered by its use are the improvement of general technical skills, manual dexterity, and overall, an enhancement of creativity and divergent thinking. Its potential for turning math into fun and games is miraculous.
Especially noteworthy is the use of FLEXI-MODELS for purposes of special and therapeutic instruction as well as of enhancing spatial imagination, motor coordination, concentration and nonverbal communication skills.
Biró G. Albert