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Makers Empire’s integrated approach to 3D design and printing offers K-8 teachers unique opportunities for hands-on, project-based, STEAM-themed teaching and learning. Learning by creating and making is an excellent way for students to develop design thinking skills and a growth mind set, as well as essential 21st century learning skills like collaboration, critical thinking and communication.

Makers Empire is engaging for all students as it allows for differentiated learning so students can work at varying levels of difficulty based on their individual ability. As they learn by trial and error, students develop a growth mindset, resilience and confidence in their own abilities.

 Fundamental Elements

World’s easiest to use 3D software

Start designing in 3D in minutes – no CAD experience necessary! Makers Empire is multi platform and compatible with all devices. Makers Empire 3D can be used by students as young as 4 years old.

130+ lesson plans designed by teachers

Be guided, supported and inspired by experts. Makers Empire’s lesson plans are aligned to the Australian and American curricula and searchable by grade, subject, theme and language.

Innovative professional development

Learn how to use 3D printing and design as an effective, everyday teaching tool. Self-paced, video training using real life classroom examples designed for teachers by teachers makes it easy!

Feature-Rich Teacher’s Dashboard

Makes managing multiple students and classes a breeze! View, comment on and download students’ designs for 3D printing. Design your own lesson plans.

Analytics to monitor progress

Bi-weekly reports delivered to your inbox make it easy to keep track of students’ progress and engagement, or see how your class is going anytime in the Teacher’s Dashboard.

Multiple Login options make getting started simple

Makers Empire allows easy student login via a simple QR code scan – no individual passwords necessary! This option is ideal for younger students. You can also login using your Google Classroom or Schoology credentials or using Class or Individual Login options.

Privacy settings put you in control

You control the size of your design community and how widely your students’ designs are shared. Choose from worldwide, all schools, your school or your class.

Explore the gallery and be inspired

Browse over 1,500,000 3D designs by the worldwide Makers Empire community of designers in the Gallery. Be inspired and comment on your favourite designs.

A worldwide community of designers

Students love receiving feedback on their designs from the global Makers Empire community. In turn, students encourage their fellow designers, too.

Customise your own hero (avatar)

Students can customise their own hero (avatar) with a variety of awesome facial features, outfits, accessories and more!

Gamify the learning experience

Levelling up features help make learning fun. Rewarding students for their achievements help keeps them focused and engaged.

Monthly 3D design competitions

Students can test their 3D design skills by entering our monthly, STEM-focused, global design challenges. Winners receive certificates and trophies.

Printer Bundles for Schools

We constantly test new 3D printers for their suitability to the school environment, assessing their reliability, safety, cost effectiveness, durability and ease of use. To date, we’ve tested over 30 printers including Up/Afinia/Tiertime, Makerbot, FlashForge, Cubicon, Polar 3D, and Zortrax. All our printer & support bundles include online training and ongoing technical support.

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