About Mathlomat

Our Story

Mathomat geometry templates were invented in 1969 by Craig Young, a mathematics teacher. In his early career Craig had been an engineering tradesman at the Government Aircraft Factory (GAF) in Melbourne.

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Our History

A brief history of Mathomat

As a classroom teacher, Craig soon realised that his students had problems doing technical drawing in geometry because of the practical limitations of traditional mathematics drawing sets. Craig set about designing a much more practical and inspiring technical drawing tool, the Mathomat template. Mathomat has since became an iconic Australian geometry tool, it has been specified by many schools, and has been used by very many students in Australia (and also more recently in South Africa) since.

The problem.

Education research has consistently shown that students often do not understand the tools that they use in geometry class, such as rulers and protractors. An underlying cause for this problem is that students often have only a limited and fragmented understanding of what it is that they are trying to measure or draw. This includes concepts such as angle, length, area and volume.

The solution.

Education research also shows that asking students to construct their own mathematical knowledge in class leads to deep understanding. Of course, this type of learning needs to be teacher guided.

Our mission.

As publishers of the Mathomat geometry template, and related publications, we see our role as providing tools and learning materials that make student construction of deep and flexible mathematical knowledge a practical reality for teachers to implement.
Our Team

Our Presenters

We have been privileged to work with a number of leading mathematics educators over the years. They are an eclectic group, but they all have two things in common. They are all well regarded professionals, and they all think that Mathomat is a powerful learning tool.

John Lawton

John Lawton

Specialised mathematics educator.

Author of the forthcoming student manual "Discovering hidden angles, a Mathomat adventure" which builds on his research into angle conceptualisation

Chris Tisdell

Chris Tisdell

Mathematician & Educator

Chris, a mathematician and educator, is an academic advisor to Mathomat. Chris approached us in 2021 with an interest in the circle templates in Mathomat...

Michelle Du Toit

Michelle Du Toit

Mathematics Teacher

Michelle is a mathematics teacher from Bloemfontein, South Africa. She utilises Mathomat products extensively in her teaching. Michelle provides professional...

Our Team

Management & Creative

Our proud and passionate team of publishers, authors, illustrators, artists and designers are are led by John Lawton, who developed the existing Mathomat business by integrating three separate and iconic Australian brands of drawing and design tools and of mathematics education publishing.

Juliet Snape

Juliet Snape

Author & Illustrator

Juliet is an Illustrator, designer and writer, based in London, England.Juliet Snape studied at Cambridge School of Art and completed...

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Emily Snape

Emily Snape

Illustrator & Character Designer

Emily is an author, illustrator and character designer, living in London, England. Emily completed a Bachelor of Arts and Drama...

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Theodora Boorman

Theodora Boorman

Model Maker & Artist

Theodora is a Model Maker and Fine Artist, living in in Woodstock, Oxfordshire England with her husband and three children.

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Our Philosophy

Designing tools that deepen student engagement

As tool designers we aim to support mathematics teachers by developing geometry learning aids that can engage middle school students more deeply. Construction of mathematical knowledge is encouraged if students can remain connected with the concrete geometric experiences of their primary school years while engaging with the more abstract concepts required in secondary school. This facilitates a deeper understanding of the geometric relationships students are being challenged to understand.

A tool such as the Mathomat geometry template can do this by presenting students with basic geometric shapes, such as circles, ellipses, quadrilaterals and other polygons in physical form. Students are able to retain a physical connection to these shapes while being challenged to understand the abstract relationships that define them mathematically.

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Lesson Plans

Learn to teach maths with Mathomat

Get a glimpse of the tremendous potential for using Mathomat as an aid to teaching mathematics.

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Video Tutorials

Watch and learn from Pr. Chris Tisdell

Using a series of Mathomat products and templates, learn maths and geometry with Pr. Chris Tisdell.

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Online Store

Visit the official Mathomat store

Purchase official Mathomat templates, booklets and teaching resources for your child or classroom.

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Academic Papers

Achievements that utilize Mathomat

Read through some interesting studies and research that make use of Mathomat templates.

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Online Store

Purchase some of our most popular products from the official Mathomat online store

Finding Hidden Angles, a Mathomat Adventure

Finding Hidden Angles, a Mathomat Adventure

V7 template with 48 page student book
Template
$
19.95
Use Mathomat with the finding hidden angles student book. Gain insight into the geometry of the world by understanding angle. Build confidence with maths.
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Mathomat V7 Builder Pack

Mathomat V7 Builder Pack

with 96 page student manual
Template
$
19.95
The Mathomat V7 template with an illustrated manual of investigations that familiarise students with the use of Mathomat for creative drawing.
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Mathomat V7 Explorer Pack

Mathomat V7 Explorer Pack

Template & 72 page student manual
Template
$
19.95
The Mathomat V7 geometry template with 72 page illustrated student manual and MAC guide by Juliet Snape. Illustrated contexts for student directed learning.
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Geometry & Beyond

Geometry & Beyond

with Mathomat
Publication
$
24.95
A series of lessons for secondary school which make use of available classroom materials, such as the Mathomat template and geometry software.
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Maths with Mathomat

Maths with Mathomat

Lesson Plans Years 4-9 & Beyond
Publication
$
24.95
A series of comprehensive lesson plans developed to give teachers a glimpse of the potential for using Mathomat as an aid in the teaching of mathematics.
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Text Book & Units of Work

Text Book & Units of Work

with Mathomat
Publication
$
24.95
This 116 page book of investigations with Mathomat reveal the passion for teaching of Craig Young, the designer of the original Mathomat.
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