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Makers Empire in the Classroom

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News from Makers Empire

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  • SA School? Apply now for the 3D Printing in Schools Project (Get $5K of Makers Empire)

    Department for Education (South Australia) schools with a primary enrolment can now apply for the final Learning by Design 3D Printing in Primary Schools project to take place in term 3 of 2019. Over the last four years, 220 SA public schools with a primary element have participated in the project. The 3D Printing in Primary...

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  • New Makers Empire course receives (NESA) NSW Education Standards Authority endorsement

    Makers Empire is delighted to announce that a new Makers Empire course, Teaching by Design, has been endorsed by the New South Wales (NSW) Education Standards Authority. In NSW, all teachers currently need to undertake 20 hours of professional development each year to maintain their professional accreditation. Teaching by Design is a 10-hour professional learning...

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  • Meet Carly Osborn, the new Learning Manager at Makers Empire

    Makers Empire is delighted to announce that Doctor Carly Osborn recently joined the company as Learning Manager. Carly is an educational impact specialist, with a background in research and development of community engagement and education projects, and a focus on using new technologies for meaningful learning. Prior to joining Makers Empire, she was a postdoctoral research...

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Thought Leadership

Posts by Mandi Dimitriadis, Director of Learning at Makers Empire. Be at the forefront of Design Thinking in schools.

3D Printing Lesson Ideas

Wondering how to use 3D printing as an authentic teaching tool? Try these helpful ideas.

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    How to Teach the ‘E’ in STEM with 3D Printing: Engineering in Primary School

    Are we teaching all the letters in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics) or are some receiving more attention than others? If you look around, math and science are staples of education, while technology is integrated into many areas of student learning. But what about engineering? Engineering, the ‘E’ in STEM, is often overlooked, especially...

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  • 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...

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  • 10 Inspiring 3D Printing Lesson Ideas Created By Teachers

    At Makers Empire, we’re always thrilled to learn about the new ways teachers are using Makers Empire’s 3D learning program to teach across the curriculum. Here are 10 inspiring real-life examples of teachers using Makers Empire in the classroom. [su_spacer] 1. Design an International Space Station storage container At Maplewood Intermediate, teacher Lisa Hatton gave...

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  • Top 10 Literacy Focused 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 literacy and language based lesson ideas. 1. Character Design Before students begin writing a narrative, challenge...

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  • Top 10 Geography Focused 3D Lesson Ideas

    Makers Empire’s 3D design software provides a perfect tool for students to explore geographical concepts such as place and space. Here are our top 10 geographical 3D design lesson ideas. 1.My Place Challenge students to design representations of their special places such as homes, holiday locations, bedrooms or outdoor places. The 3D design software enables...

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  • Top 10 History Focused 3D Design Lesson Ideas

    There is something very intriguing about interpreting the past using new technology. Here are our favorite design challenges for engaging students in the past and helping them to uncover lost stories. 1.New Look Heritage Get to know some of the heritage buildings in your local area. The National Trust, local museum or a community history...

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Design Thinking Competitions

Challenge your students with our monthly in-app Design Thinking competitions

  • Winner of Makers Empire's Happy Hats 3D Design Competition

    Every month, Makers Empire hosts an in-app 3D design competition giving students around the world the opportunity to test their Design Thinking skills against their peers. For April's Happy Hats competition, students were challenged to design a special hat using Makers Empire 3D software. Their brief? To design a special hat to keep one of their parents,...

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  • Winners of Makers Empire's Super Women Design Thinking Competition

    Every month, Makers Empire hosts an in-app 3D design competition giving students around the world the opportunity to test their Design Thinking skills against their peers. To coincide with International Women's Day in March, students were challenged to design a statue using Makers Empire 3D software to represent the achievements of a woman who has made a...

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  • Winners of the Share the Love 3D Design Competition

    Every month, Makers Empire hosts an in-app 3D design competition giving students around the world the opportunity to test their Design Thinking skills against their peers. To coincide with Valentine's Day, in February, students were challenged to create a design using Makers Empire 3D software that could be 3D printed into two pieces so they could give...

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How To Guides (VIDEO)

Watch step-by-step videos to learn how easy it is to design in 3D

  • How to Design a Harry Potter book cover using Makers Empire 3D (VIDEO)

    In this video one of our young student users explains how to design a Harry Potter book cover using Makers Empire 3D modeling software. This is a great, easy to follow video to inspire younger students in the classroom who are new to 3D design and 3D printing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j50YM8bOgV4 [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#dfdfdf" margin="30"] Makers Empire:...

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  • How to Design a Charizard [Pokemon] using Makers Empire 3D (VIDEO)

    In this video one of our young student users explains how to design a Charizard from Pokemon using Makers Empire 3D modeling software. This is a great, easy to follow video to inspire younger students in the classroom who are new to 3D design and 3D printing. https://youtu.be/NFd1KcxSzdw   [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#dfdfdf" margin="30"] Makers Empire:...

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  • Make Your Own Design Missions in Makers Empire 3D Modeling Software

    We've come up with some cool new features for version 4.2 of Makers Empire 3D. Teachers and students can now make their own design missions for their students and friends to play and rate. To reach the Mission Maker, visit the 3D World and head into outer space. Can you figure out how to get...

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  • How To Use Makers Empire and Polar Cloud For Easier 3D Printing In Your Classroom

    Have a Polar Enabled 3D printer? Printing your designs has become even easier with Polar Enabled 3D printers. If you are a part of the GE Additive Education Program then you definitely have a Polar Enabled 3D printer and you can take advantage of the integration between Makers Empire and Polar Cloud, giving you a...

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  • Tour the Exciting Changes to Makers Empire 3D Modeling Software (VIDEO)

    In this video, Matt from Makers Empire takes you on a guided tour of the latest version of Makers Empire's 3D modeling software. With Makers Empire, K-8 students can start designing, exploring and sharing in minutes – no CAD or computing experience necessary! The latest version of Makers Empire 3D, the world’s easiest to use 3D design...

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  • 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...

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3D Printing Tips and Guides

Expert tips and advice to ensure your 3D printing experience is a success

  • Review of the Dremel 3D45 3D Printer for Elementary, Primary and Middle Schools

    Introduction to the Dremel 3D45 For the past month or so we’ve been testing the new Dremel 3D45 3D printer. Dremel is a well-established brand in the USA for makers of all kinds and is renowned for its excellent customer support. In Australia, however, Dremel is currently more known for its rotary tools. Back in...

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  • Best Tips for Successful Printing with a FlashForge Inventor IIS 3D Printer

    At Makers Empire, we regularly test 3D printers for their suitability to elementary, primary and middle school environments. We only suggest (and sell) 3D printers that we genuinely think are the best options for teachers. You can see which printers we recommend at our Best 3D Printers for Schools (America) and Best 3D Printers for...

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  • An Impressive New 3D Printer: Sindoh 3D Wox 1 Printer Review

    At Makers Empire, we regularly test potential new 3D printers that could be suitable for elementary, primary and middle schools so we can recommend the best to our global community of educators. So we’ve spent the past two months testing a brand new 3D printer, the Sindoh 3D Wox 1. Sindoh is a little-known company based out...

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