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Case Studies: 3D Printing in Schools

3D Lesson Ideas: try these today

  • 10 Ways Teachers are Enhancing STEM Learning with 3D Printing

    Few would argue that STEM learning in K-8 schools is a bad idea. But many are unaware of just how important these STEM initiatives are to our schools. As reported by CNBC, last year the US had three million STEM jobs left unfilled due to a lack of qualified workers. The same is true in...

  • 5 (fun) ways 3D printing is transforming everyday items

    At Makers Empire, our mission is to transform K-8 learning with 3D printing technology. We know what it takes to successfully integrate this technology into the classroom and we can provide the support to make it a success for your school or school district. But occasionally we just like to remind ourselves just how fun 3D printing can...

  • Top Ten English 3D Design Lesson Ideas

    The 3D design environment provides an exciting context for students to communicate, respond to texts and express themselves in different ways. Looking for a simple 3D design lesson idea to try with your class? Here are ten of our favourite language based lesson ideas. 1. Character Design Before students begin writing a narrative, challenge them to...


Insider Tips: Hacks, Guides & Reviews

  • What Teachers Need to Know about Safety and Air Filters Re: 3D Printers in Schools

    3D printing and design offer elementary, primary and middle school educators countless learning opportunities for enhanced student performance, engagement and learning. Check out our case studies for dozens of inspiring examples of real-life classroom learning. As with all new technologies used in a school environment, educators need to understand the technology from a health and...

  • Best 3D Printers for Primary and Elementary Schools - 2018

    Choosing a 3D printer for your school can be a difficult decision. While many will be great for high school students or a hobbyist, some are less suited for regular use in a K-8 classroom or library environment. At Makers Empire, we’ve helped thousands of K-8 teachers in Australia, America, Europe and Asia integrate 3D...

  • FlashForge Inventor IIS 3D Printer Review: testing for suitability for schools

    Considering buying a 3D printer for your primary school, elementary school or middle school? Wondering how to choose between the best 3D printer for your school from the dozens of 3D printer options for schools? Not sure what you should be looking for in a 3D printer, but knowing that you need something affordable, reliable...


How To Guides: Designing in 3D

  • How to make a 3D Printed 'Feelings' Dice (VIDEO)

    In this step-by-step video, which accompanies our Emotions Monitor Lesson Plan, we're going to show students how to make a Feelings Dice. As seen in the great family movie, Inside Out, we are often controlled, led or swayed by our feelings. Learning how to recognise our feelings and express them in a healthy way is...

  • How to Help Theo the Dog Solve His Stick Problem (VIDEO)

    Theo the Dog has a problem. He wants to carry a stick across a bridge but the stick is too wide for the narrow bridge. Can you help him design a solution to help him carry his stick over the bridge using Makers Empire 3D software? In this new step-by-step video, we'll show your students...

  • 7 Essential 'Hacks' For Makers Empire 3D Modeling Software

    With Makers Empire 3D modeling software everyone can become a designer. Everyday, K-8 students create wonderful, innovative objects using Makers Empire 3D, from superhero gadgets to models of the Everglades. To make the design experience even easier, we've complied our top 7 'hacks' for Makers Empire 3D modeling software. Using these 'hacks' will help you...


Design Competitions: A Global Community

  • Year Of The Dog 3D Design Competition Winners!

    We are proud to announce the Year Of The Dog 3D design competition winners and runners-up. In this competition, students celebrated the Chinese New Year (Year Of The Dog) by helping Theo the dog cross a bridge with his favourite stick that is too long to fit across the bridge! Students designed an invention in...

  • It's Monster Time 3D Design Competition Winners!

    We are proud to announce the It's Monster Time 3D design competition winners and runners up. In this competition students were challenged to create a Symmetrical Monster who lives in the Land of Symmetry! This was the original design challenge: There were so many wonderful design submissions - of scary, symmetical monsters. Here we announce...

  • Let's Get Decorated 3D Design Competition Winners

    We are excited to announce the winner and runners up for our Let's Get Decorated 3D design competition! Students were challenged to design a decoration for an event or special day that they and their family celebrate. There were so many wonderful festive design submissions and here we announce the winner and the 5 runners...


Makers Empire News: Announcements

  • Makers Empire now part of the Apple Consultants Network

    We are happy to let you know that Makers Empire is now part of the Apple Consultants Network. The Apple Consultants Network comprises hundreds of independent companies who offer a range of solutions and professional services based around Apple products. Members of the Apple Consultants Network can deliver the help you need, when and where...

  • 3D printing courses for entrepreneurs and teachers at the University of Adelaide

    Curious about 3D Printing? Wishing you could learn more about 3D technology? Explore the potential of 3D design and printing as a valuable prototyping and additive manufacturing tool with two new introductory, hands-on, two-day courses aimed at entrepreneurs and teachers. Presented by Makers Empire and the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) at the University...

  • Makers Empire receives 'Stellar' 5 Star Review from Common Sense Education

    Common Sense is well known to both teachers and parents (including parents amongst the Makers Empire team) as an excellent tool to help them assess the quality and suitability of movies, games, apps and programs for children. The detailed Common Sense Education ratings and teacher-training platform help over half a million teachers better use new...