3D printing and design offers 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 helps unlock young students’ natural drive to create, share and explore. Moreover, Makers Empire provides a critical link between the unlimited creativity of the virtual world and the practical limits of the real world. Through trial and error, students learn how to make their ideas a reality, and to develop real-world applications for their designs.
Watch these videos to see how easy it is to integrate 3D printing and design into your K-8 classroom with Makers Empire:
Makers Empire: Better Learning by Design
Amazing Mazes Lesson Plan for Teachers | K-6 | Maths
How students at St Stephens School solved a medical problem with Makers Empire
How students at Forbes Primary Schools solved a common classroom problem with Makers Empire
What Teachers Say
"The teacher resources were comprehensive and supported the easy implementation of the lesson. The Makers Empire 3D design app made sophisticated designing available and accessible to young students. They were totally engaged as they designed their very own 3D Hungry Caterpillar."
Rene Wavell, Assistant Principal, North Adelaide Primary School
South Australia, AUSTRALIA
"In the future 3D printing will be as simple as 2D printing... but its effect on industry will be much greater. Through designing 3D models and printing them out, students understand the importance of maintaining a balance between practicality and creativity. Makers Empire is a great app for students... and will lead to a brighter future.”
Albert Wong Computer Subject Panel Head, Lee Kau Yan Memorial School
Hong Kong, CHINA
“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
“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
"I’ve been astounded at how much the students using (Makers Empire) have developed over the last 18 months. The kinds of design they’re doing now are very sophisticated. I give them a design brief and the extent to which they take it always surprises me. Using (Makers Empire) has really accelerated their learning.”
Kate Tyrwhitt, R-7 Visual Arts & Student Services, St Michael’s School
South Australia, AUSTRALIA
"Our students study key concepts and discover knowledge of the world around them through an enquiry-driven approach to learning. Design and 3D printing with Makers Empire will help support our students develop important skills such as design thinking, problem solving and critical analysis.”
Elaine Whelen, Head of School, ISA International School
"...our staff were genuinely impressed... The Makers Empire 3D printing iPad app exceeded our expectations. The design and creative elements of this software have been carefully designed to engage children while opening up numerous educational opportunities and learning experiences. We loved the Teacher (Dashboard) with its support, ideas and integration of the Australian Curriculum. A great way to expose our students to this rapidly emerging technology that will have a significant impact on their lives."
Stephen Corcoran, Director of Digital Learning, St Stephen’s School
Western Australia, AUSTRALIA
"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
"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
World’s easiest to use 3D software
Start designing in 3D in minutes – no CAD necessary! Multi platform – compatible with all devices. Can be used by students as young as 4YO.