If you are looking at introducing or expanding 3D printing and design for your school, then Makers Empire can try to help you achieve funding for such a program through the Toshiba Grant.
Toshiba America Foundation believes science and mathematics are exciting fields in which all students can succeed with the proper tools and instruction, and funds schools for up to $5,000 or more than $5,000 (depending which grant you choose).
Makers Empire provides schools with all the tools for a successful 3D printing and design program. This includes 3D printers, easy to use 3D design software, lesson plans aligned to standards, professional development and teacher management tools.
Is your school eligible?
Nonprofit private or public US school and religious-affiliated schools are eligible for this grant. You need to have grade 6 or higher at your school.
K-5 only schools can’t apply for this specific grant.
What could your school receive?
The Toshiba Grant allows schools to get $5,000 or more in funding towards STEM programs. There are two Toshiba grants, one for more than $5,000 and for less than $5,000.
If you are successful, you can get enough money to fund the complete Makers Empire 3D printing program at the school, for multiple years, including 3D printers, starting supplies, professional development, software, lesson plans etc.
With the grant up to $5,000, schools can fund two medium-sized 3D printers, filament, online training, Maker Empire 3D design software, professional development, and curriculum aligned lesson plans for 24 months.
The grant for more than $5,000 allows schools to fund three 3D printers and 36 months full Makers Empire access!
is it matching funding?
The Toshiba grant does not require any matching funding, and all the tools for a school to successfully implement 3D printing into the classroom are covered by the grant.
What does a school need to commit to?
To apply for the Toshiba grant to get 3D printing with Makers Empire, a school needs to request a quote, and come up with a project idea to integrate 3D printing into the classroom. No financial commitment from the schools is required. We can help you come up with a suitable project idea.
How long does the application take to complete?
Depending on your previous grant writing experience, you can complete the grant in a day or two.
There are two Toshiba grants coming up. The greater than $5,000 grant (due May 1st) and less than $5,000 grant (due June 1st). Schools can apply for both grants, with the less than $5,000 grant being the slightly easier one to receive.
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What Teachers Say
"This has been a wonderful new way to teach and motivate my students. They are so eager and excited to learn in this new way!... I do find this program to be helpful in developing my students interest in STEM subjects. They are beginning to see real-life implications to what they learning to do in class and how they could develop prototypes of objects that they could develop and then produce to sell... At first, I preferred Tinkercad because I knew this software better. However, now that I have had some time to work with Makers Empire it is so much better. It does a much better job of showing you how to build and create. The challenges help tremendously!...The overall enthusiasm towards school and learning has increased tremendously. Students who are typically reluctant learners have come to life. One student was chronically absent and has now improved his attendance. He asks me each morning if he can get on the computer!"
Robin McGinnis, Teacher, North Elementary School
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
"Makers Empire has been a great tool for many of my students that find other CAD software difficult. Some students have difficulty visualizing in a 3D workspace; 3D modelling is great practice to build spatial sense... This is linked to a skill in our math curriculum, so it's great to give a real world application for students to practice... Originally I started with my whole class using TinkerCAD. However, when given the choice many of my students gravitated to Makers Empire. I'm not sure if they prefer using the touch screen on the tablets to manipulate their designs, the gamification, or something else, but many have been successful with it and have made some great designs! 3D printing tech lets my students see themselves as creators and how it can help others. They feel empowered by the possibilities of the technology and the leadership they are able to take in their school."
Jeff Hennigar, Grade 4/5 Teacher, BLT Senior Elementary School
Timberlea, Nova Scotia, Canada
"I love Makers Empire software. It is great to use with elementary age students... I love teaching students how to design for 3D printing. It’s so fun watching them problem solve to create a certain shape by adding or taking away."
Karen Owen, Technology Teacher, Grace Christian Academy
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
"My department was searching for applications and curriculum that would align to the common core standards. We found reference to [Makers Empire] on the web and reached out to see if what they were doing would meet our needs... We were impressed that they were addressing the use of 3D printing not simply as an endpoint but as a true curriculum enabling tool. We simply had not found anyone else doing the work required to create quality educational activities... The New York State Teacher Centers and the New York Institute of Technology have been working with Makers Empire on what has turned out to be a transformational pilot with New York State Schools. Prior to the pilot most of our schools were struggling to understand how to integrate 3D design and printing into cross curricula activities. The Makers Empire pilot has provided the beacon for schools to follow that are opening opportunities for students that simply were not on the table before the pilot."
Professor Stan Silverman, Director NYIT Technology Based Learning Systems
New York, USA.
"I have worked with several design software but Makers Empire is the easiest to use... One of the best things students learned is that it is okay to not get the "right" answer the first time, or second time. Students know that "failing" is part of the design process and problem solving. Students have expanded their problem solving skills to think more outside of the box... Before, my students were limited in their STEM applications and designs due to financial issues and materials available. Now each student is able to have an account for their designs and can work at their pace which is meeting them on their individual need. Through this, my after school STEM club has gained interested to where students had to be put on a waiting list. Students have discussed participating in STEM clubs in middle school and high school as well as more interest in engineering type careers."
Casey Corn, STEM Teacher, Chesnee Elementary School
South Carolina, USA
"The software is easy to use and kid friendly... The curriculum has been great and it even fits into the objectives that I am currently teaching... When we first started using the curriculum I thought it was going to be a huge task getting my students to learn this. But instead of teaching, I have become a facilitator. They have really taken off and are helping each other solve problems. When we end our day I may about 20 designs that were created, but when we start the next day I see that number increase to about 50. They are even designing at home."
Irene Barry-Philord, Teacher, Eneida M. Hartner Elementary
Miami, Florida, USA
"The lesson plans provide authentic learning experiences that help our teachers integrate 3D printing and encourages our students to print with a purpose. We appreciated that the Makers Empire trainers were dedicated educators, with former classroom teaching experience. They helped our teachers understand how to use the printers and program but most importantly how to thoughtfully integrate the application in the classroom."
Dr Andrew A Taylor, Director of Technology, Byram Hills Central School
New York, USA
“I’m sending you the very best wishes and enormous gratitude for connecting our students with your learning program. To say this purchase has been transformative might sound like an exaggeration but it’s pretty darn close to the truth."
Mary Bongiovanni, Director of Design Thinking, Pace Academy
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
"Our students were riveted by the magic of this new technology! Watching their creations come to life they were spellbound, and we had to literally pry them away from the computers when the session ended."
Dr. Tani Foger, Principal, Yeshivat He’Atid
New Jersey, USA
"Software is great, very user friendly... Kids loved it."
Bryan Couts, Tech Teacher, Titusville Middle School
Titusville, Pennsylvania, USA
“The software has lesson plans based on many state standards with many modules to choose from. Maker’s Empire can be used to teach science, math and even art, K-12. The 3D-printing course was not as challenging as the grade level I was given — first graders!... However, their enthusiasm and absolute thirst for knowledge is awesome to see. They blaze through the challenging 3D lesson plans… Seeing the students faces when the IT team at BPY brings the 3D prints to the classroom is just something I can’t describe. The best part is while walking in the hallway with the huge iPad cart, some eighth graders ask who made that. I point to the first graders, who grin ear to ear.”
Shneur Garb, Ben Porat Yosef Yeshiva Day School
New Jersey, USA
"After having tried several softwares I can say hands down that Makers Empire has been the easiest for my students in grades 3-5 to access and manipulate."
Christopher Burdman, STEM Teacher, Joseph P Tynan Elementary School
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
“I use Makers Empire to enhance students’ ability to demonstrate understanding across a wide range of topics. As we work through different curriculum, including geometric shapes, things we’re scared of, plants and insects, and engineering design challenges, students create 3D models related to the content… We use the app to create 3D products that are printed as well as those that are not, but still viewed in 3D on the iPads.”
Jennifer Auten, 2nd Grade Teacher, Mont Claire Elementary School
Los Altos, California, USA
Application Process: suggested steps
For schools who wish to choose a Makers Empire 3D printing solution for their grant submission, we have outlined our recommended approach . Please read over all steps before starting your application.
Step 1: consider Makers Empire
To learn more about Makers Empire, and see if this is the right 3D printing and design solution for your school, please watch the short video below. The Makers Empire Learning Program utilizes design thinking frameworks as a way of getting students to engage in problem solving. 3D printing and design is a great tool to support this, and helps schools with the goal of providing students a 21st century learning experience.
Note: as per the grant website, applications must be for project based learning. They do not consider requests solely for computers, laptops or tablets, microscopes, or smart boards which you can check.
Step 3: request a quotation
If you decide to apply for The Toshiba grant to purchase a Makers Empire solution, you must request a quote from us (see below) as quotations are required as part of the application.
We will also send you a sample successful completed grant application.
Ideal for those ready to make a decision about Makers Empire's suitablity for their individual school. For district deals, please choose Book Demo.
As part of the application process you will need to come up with an idea/project for your grade 6+ students to pursue. If you have earlier grade students, just include the grade 6+ students for the project proposal. If you are successful, you will be able to use the Makers Empire Learning Program from grades K through 8, as our Learning Program is suitable for kids as young as 5!
The proposal should integrate 3D printing and design into your project.
For example, a Houston school chose to investigate solutions into preventing their school and neighbouring low lying houses from being flooded. The students were asked to design in 3D, prototypes of houses and buildings that could withstand rising water levels. The students could then print these prototypes out, and also build them in other materials to test out their creations (Sample grant provided after requesting quote)
This project was funded, and is an example of project based learning, 3D technologies, and involving unique characteristics about their community.
Submit you application online as per step 1 above if you created a grant application account, including your quotation for your Makers Empire solution. If not, just start again. We suggest having your application fully prepared so that you can submit it easily online.
If you need help with your Grant application please email us at email@example.com, subject: “TOSHIBA GRANT SUPPORT” or you can also organize a video call to speak with us.