Simple 3D Design
In a nutshell, Spex is a simple 3D design software. It's a children's educational software used to design rooms
in a house, design classrooms in a school and other places. Drag items of pre-made furniture into a room,
arrange the layout and colour scheme and view it in the bird's eye, plan view or in
a 3D view. There is a budget and a simple spreadsheet as well as
bar graphs and pie charts.
Spex is an object based graphics package and all the different objects,
or items of furniture, can be dragged on to the floor plan, moved
around, rotated, copied and pasted in order to try out lots of different
floor plans for the room design.
Spex is an ideal and well proven software for addressing the
graphical modelling strand in QCA Unit 5, and graphics communications in Scotland.
Spex is Cross Curricular
Buyers of Spex shouldn't expect to see an all singing all dancing
software program with flashing lights and shoot'em'up. One of the main
reasons for the popularity of Spex has been its simple and modest style,
which means that a teacher can place Spex in front of a whole class of
pupils and they all just know how to use it, it is a great educational
Spex is a truly content free software which is used across many
curriculum areas in many schools.
It is a flexible but simple 3D design software with no predetermined
outcomes which means children use their imagination and initiative to
make their own decisions and produce their own individual result. Teachers love Spex and the children love Spex
Spex was first published for Acorn Computers and popular until around the
mid 1990's when the share of Acorn computers in schools started to
diminish in favour of PC's which had become mainstream in business.
The conversion of Spex to work on the PC secured the continuity of
its use in schools who had rapidly expanded the
provision of IT in the classroom.
Spex found its usefulness as a children's educational software,
and is a well established software for Design Technology, ICT and Mathematics, all under the guise of
a simple 3D designer.
We don't market spex as just a 3D room designer though, rather, the
room 'interior design' aspect of Spex is a cover story to get children to grapple
with simple 3D design, using a
spreadsheet modeling, dimensions, mapping
and much more.
Spex has become a popular educational software resource in both primary
and secondary schools.
Quite early in its development Spex was recognised by
the ICT agency as the ideal bridge into the abstract area of spreadsheet
modelling! And all this learning is happening while children are just
having fun designing their favourite bedroom and lots of other places.
In 2009 there are now thousands of educational software
titles in the market, but Spex still prospers! Marketing nowadays is a
different story however, and much harder, the larger companies have
raised the game in terms of quality and quantity of sales material and
schools are bombarded with a spectacular array of new and fantastic
children's educational software to choose from.
Spex is popular because most
of the sales are made by word of mouth, and the number of schools who
have installed the software mean that Spex is one of the most well used
children's educational software programs ever made.
Teachers, parents and children buy Spex because they like it; Teachers
like Spex because of the benefits it provides in the classroom combined
with the short learning curve to get to grips with the new software, and
parents and children buy the software because they love it, it's simple,
absorbing and so much fun!
At aspex we receive lots of enquiries from parents wishing to buy the 'Spex
game' that their child uses at school. Spex is an education software and
it's great fun!
Why not try Spex out for yourself, the free software downloads on this page are available for
schools and home users to download and trial.
Free Spex Download
You can find free Spex downloads on most pages on this site so you can
try the software for yourself.
Downloaded software will run for sessions of about fifteen
minutes. Spex is just one of the many educational software downloads
on this website, where you can download all our other free educational software demos.
Originally called Spex+ or Spex Plus, SpexClassic comprises the latest version, SpexV2 and all of its extra environments
to design in 3D.