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News from Makers Empire

The latest product news and updates from Makers Empire

  • Meet the Maker: Sebastian Krol, Makers Empire Legend & Awesome Student Designer

    We're happy to announce another Makers Empire legend: 8YO Sebastian Krol from St Michael's College in Australia. This student ambassador program celebrates innovative and inspiring K-8 students who are using Makers Empire in engaging and creative ways. Sebastian was nominated for the Makers Empire Legends program by his Visual Arts Teacher, Kate Tyrwhitt. She says, "Sebastian is like...

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  • Makers Empire celebrates 1 million maze runs in 3D maze creator game after 4 weeks

    We're thrilled to announce that Makers Empire is celebrating 1 million maze runs played in its new Maze Mania game after its launch just over four weeks ago. Maze Mania is the first of a series of new game creators that live in the Game Zone inside Makers Empire’s popular Makers Empire 3D design app....

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  • Announcing the 2018 Makers Empire Awards

    Makers Empire is delighted to announce the inaugural Makers Empire Awards. The new Makers Empire Awards are designed to celebrate and showcase the students, teachers, classes and schools that make up our global education community. They will be announced each year based on performance over the last 12 months. This year, Makers Empire Awards will be...

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Makers Empire in the Classroom

Be inspired by school case studies and interviews with teachers

  • 43 Primary Schools Share Their Design Thinking Learning in 3D Printing Showcase

    On Monday 3rd December, 43 South Australian schools joined together to create a showcase of their learning around Design Thinking using 3D printing and 3D design with Makers Empire at the Wayville Showgrounds in Adelaide. Organised by the Department for Education (SA) and Makers Empire, the 3D Printing in Primary Schools Showcase was the culmination of two...

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  • Students' 3D Designs Shine in MOD.'s Waging Peace Exhibition

    Fiona Graff is a Year 7 Homeroom Teacher at Cabra Dominican College in South Australia. She has been using Makers Empire with her students for one term. Some of her students designs created using Makers Empire were recently accepted in the Waging Peace exhibition currently on at the MOD. MOD. is Australia’s leading future-focused museum, provoking new ideas...

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  • 3D Fun Continues: An update on the 600 Schools in the GE Additive Education Program

    In August, more than 600 primary and secondary schools in 30 countries who previously did not have access to 3D printing technology were awarded a 3D printing package by the GE Additive Education Program’s (AEP). Each package includes 3D printing hardware, 3D design software (including Makers Empire 3D) and science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum...

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3D Printing Lesson Ideas

Wondering how to use 3D printing as an authentic teaching tool? Try these 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. Click on the linked headings for a case study and teacher interview explaining exactly how teachers implemented these...

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Design Thinking Competitions

Challenge Your Student with a Design Thinking Competition

  • Winners of the Game On 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 international Monopoly Day, in November, students were challenged to create a Monopoly game piece using Makers Empire 3D software. Students from all over the world submitted almost 7,000 entries for...

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  • Winners of the Spooky Shadows 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. In October, students were challenged to create a spooktacular shadow puppet design using Makers Empire 3D software. Students from all over the world submitted over 3,000 entries, which we...

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  • Terrific Treasure Design Thinking Competition Winners

    We are proud to announce the winners of Makers Empire's Design Thinking competition from August/September: Terrific Treasure. In this competition, students were challenged to design an eye-catching treasure for their hero. We enjoyed viewing all of the 6,000+ competition submissions in this competition. Click on the images below to view the designs in 3D and see all...

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3D Printing Tips and Guides

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

  • 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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  • 8 Essential Tips for successful 3D printing in the classroom

    Teachers are achieving fantastic learning benefits in the classroom every day with 3D technology and Makers Empire. However, we realise that the practical requirements of implementing 3D technology in your school can be a little daunting for newcomers. So we have compiled this list of 8 practical tips to help you make your 3D printing...

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  • Unboxing & Setting Up the Flashforge Inventor IIS 3D Printer (Step-by-Step Photo Guide)

    This article will walk you through the process of unboxing and setting up your FlashForge Inventor IIS 3D printer bought from Makers Empire so it is ready for printing. Please read each step fully before viewing the photos and animations that accompany them. [su_spacer size="40"] What you will need: Scissors and/or side cutters [su_spacer size="40"]...

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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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Teaching Design Thinking

Learn how to teach Design Thinking with 3D printing and design

  • 8 Ways Teachers and Students Can Benefit From Gamification in the Classroom

    Makers Empire 3D is not a video game. It’s specialised 3D modelling software carefully designed to help K-8 students develop Design Thinking skills in order to solve real-world problems. Our 3D design app and Learning by Design program were recently the subject of a 12-month Macquarie University study into primary schools makerspaces, so we are...

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  • What is Design Thinking? A Handy Guide for Teachers

    In this post, Mandi Dimitriadis, Director of Learning at Makers Empire, will help you understand more about Design Thinking. You’ll get to know what Design Thinking is, why Design Thinking is important, the phases of the Design Thinking process and how you might teach your students how to use Design Thinking to reframe problems and needs...

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  • The Power of Maker Pedagogy & 8 ways to Spot It and Embed It in the Classroom

    I am becoming increasingly convinced that maker pedagogy has the power to develop critical, creative and design thinking, and the creative confidence and self-belief our young people need to become innovators, problem-solvers and positive change makers. I can often be heard sprouting the virtues of constructionist learning theory. Occasionally, I am pulled up on this...

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Teaching STEM

Discover how to teach STEM in a fun and engaging way with 3D printing and design

  • The Interdisciplinary Power of STEM

    STEM has been a hot topic for some time now, and we need it to stay that way as educators, industry and government work together to make sure that our young people are well equipped to thrive in the future. I think we can all agree that our young people are heading into a future...

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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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  • Encouraging Girls in STEM: How Your School Can Make A Difference

    The shortage of women in STEM careers and STEM fields has been well documented. Girls that enjoy STEM subjects in primary and elementary school grow into young women who may then go on to study STEM subjects in high school and a STEM-related degree at college or university. This provides a pathway to a career...

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