aspex Shapes & Nets - Introduction to Euclidian Geometry

By: The Knowledge Tree  09-12-2011

What is aspexShapes & Nets?

aspexShapes & Nets is very easy for primary aged children to use.

  • Learn the names of 2D shapes and simple 3D solids
  • Rotate 3D solids and see how they look from different angles. The program allows the student to rotate by 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4 turns
  • Increase or decrease the size of 3D solids by a certain ratio, such as 2, 3, or 4 times the original size
  • Add patterns or colors to each side of a solid. Students can even import their own pictures and graphics
  • Duplicate shapes
  • Print out the NETS, showing the fold lines and glue tabs to fold and glue to make real 3D models.
  • Design and make boxes for packaging
  • Learn about Tesselations and how to use them

Activities include:

  • Shape investigations
  • Tesselations
  • Packaging
  • Platonic Solids
  • Solar System
  • 3D Street Scenes

aspexShapes & Nets in Design & Technology

With aspexShapes & Nets students design and make their own individual packaging from 3D solid shapes. For example, a triangular prism makes a “Toblerone” pack.

aspexShapes & Nets in Mathematics

Drawing and making shapes on the computer is a practical way to explore mathematical shapes in 2D and 3D.

Draw cuboids, cones, pyramids, prisms and other simple shapes together and see how they unfold into flat 2D NETS.

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