CoordiMate helps math lovers coordinate their Cartesians, stamps graphs neatly

An important part of any math curriculum is learning about graphs. The Cartesian coordinate system is taught so that kids can learn all sorts of important facts about algebra and dimensions. However, drawing endless graphs can be annoying and yield sloppy results.

CoordiMate was designed for just such situations. This tiny tool is a self-inking stamp that seamlessly places a perfect Cartesian coordinate on any piece of graph paper. To use, just push down on the center for a neat graph. The ink dries quickly so that pencil mistakes can be easily erased without any smudges. This product is made from recyclable materials. It’s plastic and looks like a cross with a little face in the middle.

CoordiMate is a great tool for kids learning about math. The company should really consider marketing their product to schools so that kids can buy it directly at school. There’s no mention of how long the ink lasts or if there’s any way to refill it, a definite drawback. Still, for their own, backers can donate $15 for delivery in April 2015. Coordinate hopes to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter.


SnapRak straightens out teens’ lockers, can’t help hormonal angst

One of the scarier things in life might be a teenager’s locker – second only to their bedroom. In an effort to help them organize and actually make it to their classes on time, SnapRak was invented. The plastic shelving unit can be snapped together outside of the locker without any tools then easily slides in for a perfect fit. Kids can have as many as 10 shelves and organize them in a way that works best for them. Might be a great idea if kids don’t have to share a locker.

Many schools are overcrowded and kids share lockers with as many as three other students. Now what to do about the odor in the locker that wafts out into the hall on the days that they have gym is another matter for consideration. In the meantime, this campaign seeks to raise $100 by December 4, 2014. For $30, backers get their pick of one hot pink or royal blue SnapRak with an expected delivery of December 2014. Other colors will become available as the product catches on.

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BulletSafe Backpack Panel offers protection from gunfire

BulletSafe Backpack Panel  20140304102701-Backpack-Panel-and-Insert[1]It seems a wild notion to write about a bullet-safe panel that kids can put in their backpack for protection, but interest in such a product is a sad consequence of what was once unthinkable. That being said, the BulletSafe Backpack Pannel is made of the same bulletproof material that police and others in security use for bullet proof vests. Kids just pack it in their backpack right along with their books. As long as schools don’t make them store their backpacks in their lockers, it might just save some lives. For $89 — a bit less than similar options  — a backer gets one product with an expected delivery of April 2014.