Not to be found in America
Probably no gadget fixes big problems. But here is a thought on the topic of kids learning coordinate systems, descriptive geometry, drafting, accuracy, etc.:
In North America in 2012 I couldn’t find the kind of drawing board I had grown up with. An Amazon Germany search for Zeichenplatte A3 shows multiple brand suppliers.
Amazon wasn’t going to ship to the US, and when making arrangements with a relative across the pond, instead of a brand new one we got a decades old heirloom.
Having one is merely one prerequisite for using it. Knowing what to do is the other main ingredient. I used to have fun with those boards. More recently I enjoy seeing kids pick up skills.
I could analyze why this kind of board is better for kids:
- You can switch the straightedge from horizontal to vertical. That is a biggie, e.g. when drawing front, top, and side views.
- The built-in paper clamp obviates sticky tape.
- Plenty of scales.
- A3 size is perfect. Big enough for detail, small enough for kids, students. Comparable to tabloid size.
- Ability to lock against sliding.
- Much drawing can be done without anything sticking out in an inconvenient direction.