# 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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