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Meet Makers Empire’s Ambassadors

Makers Empire’s Ambassador Program celebrates innovative and inspiring educators who are regularly using Makers Empire in engaging and creative ways in the K-8 classroom.

KATE TYRWHITT

Arts & Design Teacher, St Michael's College
KATE TYRWHITT

Arts & Design Teacher, St Michael's College

Kate is an educator that has a background in Fine Arts and her creativity continues in her approach to teaching primary school children in Visual Arts. Diverse classrooms and a well set up 1:1 iPad program and 3D printing areas give her the opportunity to adopt inclusive and creative methods.

Since completing her Masters of Education at Flinders University, Kate has studied a variety of subjects. This includes ICTs for Educators, for which she began a class blog in 2007.

She is a frequent presenter at the CEGSA, EdTechSA, ACEC, and AVAEC conferences and has now participated in two Global Design Projects with Makers Empire subscription. The first one was an exchange with Iranian students in 2016 and the most recent one in 2018 was with a school in Wisconsin, USA.

Kate plans to continue the global connections made with this school in semester 2, 2018 and hopes to develop more connections with other schools from different cultures using 3D designing as a way to connect and share thinking and cultural expression.

See an interview with Kate here - https://www.makersempire.com/how-makers-empire-is-transforming-learning-and-relationships-at-st-michaels-school/

KARIE HUTTNER

Design & Tech. Teacher, Country View & Stoner Prairie Elementary School
KARIE HUTTNER

Design & Tech. Teacher, Country View & Stoner Prairie Elementary School

Karie is passionate about 3D design and empowering students to create.

She says, "Makers Empire has expanded the possibilities for our students to design and create in 3D as well as to connect with partner schools. I love designing with the software and sharing the joy of creation using ME with my students, staff, and the larger community."

Read an interview with Karie here - https://www.makersempire.com/3d-printing-verona-school-district-makers-empire-game-changer-tinkercad-alternative/

Check out Karie's blog here - https://icreateilearn.weebly.com/

JEFF HENNIGAR

Grade 4/5 Teacher, BLT Senior Elementary School
JEFF HENNIGAR

Grade 4/5 Teacher, BLT Senior Elementary School

Jeff Hennigar is a grade 4/5 teacher in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

He is a Google Certified Educator (level 2), Breakout EDU Authorized Trainer, CoSpaces EDU ambassador, and maker of many mistakes.

He is driven by a passion to ensure that his students want to come to school every day!

Through his use of educational technologies, games-based, project-based, and student-led learning, he’s getting closer to reaching his goals for student engagement and empowerment.

Check out Jeff's guest post here - https://www.makersempire.com/how-3d-printing-united-my-class-school-case-study/

Check out Jeff's blog here - https://mrhennigar.wordpress.com/

MEGAN KOOP

Classroom Teacher, Blakeview Primary School
MEGAN KOOP

Classroom Teacher, Blakeview Primary School

Megan has completed a Bachelor of Education in Junior Primary and Primary with honours in 2013. She is currently a classroom teacher at Blakeview Primary School working with Year 2 students.

After being involved in the 3D Printing in Primary School Project with Maker’s Empire in 2017, she has been able to successfully incorporate 3D design and printing into her teaching at Blakeview Primary School. Megan has mentored and encouraged colleagues to undertake the same learning through her training and guidance.

Following the success experienced during the project, Megan was invited to speak at the ACCE conference in 2018 about her learning and 3D design and printing experience. She shared about how her students were able to design a new Nature Play space using the Maker’s Empire App and their 3D printed models were then used by the builder to construct the space straight from their ideas.

Australia

ROBIN MCGINNIS

Design & Technology Teacher, North Elementary
ROBIN MCGINNIS

Design & Technology Teacher, North Elementary

Robin McGinnis has taught for the Mt. Healthy City School System for 30 years.

Over the years, she has taught first, third, fourth, and fifth grade.

She is on the strategic planning board for the Greater Cincinnati Stem Consortium and works with the Assistant Dean of Innovative studies on developing leadership groups for elementary school children.

She is also working on developing STEM curriculum to encourage girls into the field of engineering.

Read an interview with Robin here - https://www.makersempire.com/teacher-from-3d-printing-novice-to-3d-printing-guru/

USA

DIANA HARRIS

Classroom Teacher, Richmond Primary School
DIANA HARRIS

Classroom Teacher, Richmond Primary School

Diana holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from the University of South Australia and a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

She has been teaching for 12 years and principally works with reception, year 1 and year 2 students, newly arrived in Australia, teaching them English and Australian culture. Use of technology with students is a passion for her because it engages them and captures their oral language in a non-threatening way.

She challenges herself and her students with new things, particularly technology with her young students, to enhance their learning, to support engagement, and have fun in the classroom.

She has presented at three My Learning conferences focusing on Coding, iPads and STEM. She has been a Digital Technologies NIT teacher and a co-teacher focusing on integrating iPads across the curriculum in the JP classroom and regularly shares her teaching practise at staff meetings and in partnership meetings.

In January 2018, she spent 3 weeks volunteering in Ghana, West Africa supporting teachers to improve their teaching practise.

Check out Diana's wonderful 3D printing dollhouse and English literacy project here - https://www.makersempire.com/how-students-at-richmond-ps-learned-english-by-making-3d-printed-furniture-for-a-dollhouse/

CHRISTOPHER BURDMAN

STEM Teacher, Joseph P Tynan Elementary School
CHRISTOPHER BURDMAN

STEM Teacher, Joseph P Tynan Elementary School

Mr. Burdman has been a Boston Public School teacher for the past eighteen years. Having taught both math and science at the Elementary and Middle School levels, he now serves as the STEM teacher at the Tynan Elementary School.

In 2011 Mr. Burdman was awarded Boston Public Schools “Golden Apple” teacher of the year award.

Above all else Mr. Burdman tries to give students the opportunity to engage in meaningful, real world experiences that are challenging and cognitively demanding using the latest and greatest technologies.

USA

Hajnalka Molloy

Librarian, Aberfoyle Park Primary School Campus
Hajnalka Molloy

Librarian, Aberfoyle Park Primary School Campus

Hajnalka Molloy is a passionate teacher librarian who embeds STEM and digital technologies into units of inquiry and literature.

As president of the School Library Association of South Australia, Hajnalka advocates for the critical role teacher librarians play in developing inquiry skills, a love of literature and reading and critical and creative thinking.

Hajnalka is Nationally Certified at Highly Accomplished Teacher.

Australia

AMANDA BOWMAN

STEM Teacher, Crystal Brook Primary School
AMANDA BOWMAN

STEM Teacher, Crystal Brook Primary School

Amanda is an energetic and engaging teacher who strongly believes that teachers hold the key to opportunity for their students.

She has extensive hands-on knowledge of what it takes to be a successful Digital Technologies/STEM teacher.

A leader in STEM learning design and assessment, she holds a key role in the Year 7/8 STEM Collaborative Inquiry Project.

Amanda is also involved in the STEM Learning Strategy, promoting a significant shift in our public education system to give each student age appropriate STEM knowledge and skills, using inquiry-based teaching and learning from preschool.

Amanda specialised in ICT at UniSA, has taught Digital Technologies from Foundation – Year 10 and is the head of STEM at her school in South Australia where she acts as a mentor teacher for other staff.

A Google Certified Educator and Trainer and Microsoft Teacher Ambassador, she presents at various conferences across Australia and also a co-creator of the very successful Future Learning Conference and STEMaker.

Australia

SHAUNA WOOD

Classroom Teacher, Carlton Primary School
SHAUNA WOOD

Classroom Teacher, Carlton Primary School

Shauna Wood has been teaching for five years and has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She currently teaches at Carlton School, Port Augusta, South Australia, which is a school with a large Aboriginal population.

In 2017, she was involved in the Department for Education 3D Printing in Primary Schools Project. She participated in a blended professional learning course and used Makers Empire’s 3D software to learn how to use 3D technology to develop students’ critical, creative, design thinking and STEM skills.

Participating in this project highlighted new knowledge and learning for both herself and her students, building upon their limited prior knowledge of 3D design and printing.

Since the project, Shauna has continued to further her knowledge, skills and pedagogy in this area, and provides leadership and support to her colleagues to develop their own skills and confidence.

Australia

GRAHAM GORDON

Assistant Principal (STEAM), Sturt Street Community School
GRAHAM GORDON

Assistant Principal (STEAM), Sturt Street Community School

Graham is an Assistant Principal (STEAM) at Sturt Street Community School in Adelaide, South Australia. This involves him working with R-7 students and teachers developing this aspect of the curriculum and establishing resources and teaching approaches, including “Design Thinking”.

Graham's involvement with Makers Empire includes lesson plan writing, research into the development of mental rotational ability using Makers Empire 3D printing software and a local history project in conjunction with the National Trust.

Graham has been a Science/Technology course writer, advisor, coordinator, Assistant Principal and teacher for many years. He is interested in innovative teaching and learning approaches using a range of technologies including Makers Empire 3D printing software.

Australia

SANDY WARNER

Classroom Teacher, Port Elliot Primary School
SANDY WARNER

Classroom Teacher, Port Elliot Primary School

I am a middle primary teacher and love learning about new ways to use technology in my class.

I am passionate about activating student voice in their own learning to engage students.

I love the endless design thinking opportunities that Makers Empire enables students to use in their learning.

Check out Sandy's blog here - https://sandywarner.wordpress.com/about/

Amy Otis

Classroom Teacher, Glacier Edge Elementary School
Amy Otis

Classroom Teacher, Glacier Edge Elementary School

Passionate about connecting the real and virtual worlds and inspired by makers around the
globe, Amy Otis is a 3rd grade classroom teacher determined to inspire the maker in each
student that she teaches.

Through implementation of a classroom makerspace, students in her room engage in everything from code to VR and 3d printing as they connect learning to STEAM activities to learn more about the world they live in.

USA

Hear Our Ambassadors Share their Stories

Our Ambassadors share their experiences of using Makers Empire in the classroom at leading education conferences in Australia and America. Are you attending any of the below events? Let us know so we can look out for you!

Future of EdTech (FETC) 2018 Conference 

January 27-30
Orlando, FLA
USA

Topic: Creating a beginner level project using 3D printing to connect with Maths and Science standards at the K-5 level.

Presented by Karie Huttner, K-5 Technology Coordinator, Verona Area School District and Amy Otis, teacher.

Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL)

March 22-29, 2019
Detroit, Michigan
USA

Topic: iCreate: Design Thinking using 3D Design and Printing

Presented by Karie Huttner, K-5 Technology Coordinator, Verona Area School District

Consortium Of School Networking (CoSN) 2019 Conference

April 1 – 4, 2019
Portland, Oregon
USA

Topic: iCreate: Design Thinking Using 3D Design and Printing

Presented by Karie Huttner, K-5 Technology Coordinator, Verona Area School District

Australian School Library Association Conference XXVI

14-16 April, 2019
Canberra, AUSTRALIA

Topic: TBC

Presented by Hajnalka Molloy, Leader of Campus Library and Information Services at Aberfoyle Park Primary School Campus

PAST AMBASSADOR EVENTS

Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) Conference

October 2-5, 2018
Royal Randwick Racecourse, NSW
AUSTRALIA

Topic: 3D Designing and Global Design Project Proposal

Presented by Kate Trywhitt, Arts & Design Teacher, St Michael’s College.

Topic: Incorporating 3D Design and Printing into Primary School

Presented by Megan Koop, Teacher, Blakeview Primary School.

STEMaker (STEM & Makerspace F-12) Conference

August 16-17, 2018
Peppers Hotel, SA
AUSTRALIA

Topic: Teaching English Language By Creating a Doll House for a New Immigrant Family using Makers Empire.

Presented by Diana Harris, Classroom Teacher at Richmond Primary School

SDE Conference

July 9-13, 2018
The Venetian | The Palazzo, 
Las Vegas
USA

Topic: How to use 3D printing and design thinking to facilitate learning in your classroom.

Presented by Karie Huttner, K-5 Technology Coordinator, Verona Area School District and Jeanette McConnell from Makers Empire.

EdTech SA Conference

July 10-11, 2018
Immanuel College, South Australia
AUSTRALIA

Topic: 3D printing in an Inquiry-Based Learning Context.

Presented by Hajnalka Molloy, Leader of Campus Library and Information Services at Aberfoyle Park Primary School Campus

DigiCon Conference

July 2017
Australian Catholic University
AUSTRALIA

Topic: 10YO Boy Invents World First Product for Diabetics Using 3D Printing

Presented by: William Grame, Student and CEO of Diabetes Domination

Become a Makers Empire Ambassador

Makers Empire’s Ambassadors share their experience of using Makers Empire to embrace maker pedagogy and teach Design Thinking, STEM and 21st-century learning skills with the world.

If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, and your school is a Makers Empire subscriber (i.e. a Makers Empire customer), please apply now.

We’d love to hear about the creative and engaging ways you’re using Makers Empire in the classroom.