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Category: 3D Printing Case Studies

  • Delivering 3D Tech to Denver Public School District | Custom Professional Development

    The Makers Empire team recently spent some time in Denver, USA, to deliver customised professional development and Makers Empire to schools in the Denver Public Schools district. 54 teachers representing 38 schools from the Denver Public Schools district attended the Makers Empire training days held at Mind Spark Learning, a purpose-built facility for teacher training and...

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  • Sydney Schools Celebrate STEM Learning | 3D Printing | Maker Pedagogy Network Project

    Recently, 55 teachers and 150 students from 14 schools in NSW, Australia, came together to showcase the learning they achieved as part of Makers Empire's Maker Pedagogy Network Project (MPNP). Following a successful pilot in 2018 with Carlingford West Public School, Parramatta East Public School and Oatlands Public School, the MPNP was designed to develop...

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  • How A Teacher is Using 3D Printing to Transform STEAM Learning In Her School District

    Robin McGinnis is North/South/Jr. High Lead Teacher-STEAM for the Mount Healthy City School District and a Makers Empire Ambassador. Robin first came across Makers Empire when she was part of the GE Additive Program 2017-18, a worldwide program delivering 3D technology to schools. Previously, we've interviewed Robin about her journey from 3D printing novice to...

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  • How Kelvin Grove SC Students are Developing Confidence and Capability in 3D Printing

    This guest post has been provided by Jane Doherty, Teacher-Librarian (far right) and Sue Isbell, Head of eLearning (right) at Kelvin Grove State College in Queensland, Australia. The school has recently been trialling Makers Empire with groups of high achieving students and during lunchtime sessions in the school's Makerspace and Digispace with the goal of...

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  • How A STEM Teacher Levelled The Playing Field for Special Needs Students with Makers Empire

    This guest post is by Christopher Burdman, a Boston Public School teacher for the past nineteen years and a Makers Empire Ambassador. Having taught both maths and science at 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...

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  • 6 Elementary and Primary School Educators Share Their Experience of Makers Empire

    At Makers Empire, we're inspired every day by the amazing educators who engage, guide and teach elementary, primary and middle school students using Makers Empire. So today we thought we'd share a collection of recent social media posts by teachers in America and Australia who are using Makers Empire to teach Design Thinking, STEM and...

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  • How a Third Grade Teacher uses 3D printing to Teach Across the Curriculum

    Amy Otis is a Classroom Teacher at Glacier Edge Elementary School and a Makers Empire ambassador. She started teaching high school theatre and Spanish when she graduated from College. Then she moved to Verona and began teaching 2nd grade in their Spanish bilingual program for a number of years. She has been in a monolingual...

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  • 5 Videos for Students that Show the Design Thinking Cycle in Action | 3D Printing in Schools

    At Makers Empire, we are privileged to witness the extraordinary problem-solving and creative innovation that K-8 students are capable of when equipped with intuitive, age-appropriate 3D design software and guidance from their well-resourced teachers. Recently, we've seen how Roseworthy Primary School students helped wheelchair sports athletes by designing an arm guard, and how Littlehampton Primary...

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  • How Roseworthy PS Students Help Wheelchair Sports Athletes with 3D Printing

    Matt has Muscular Dystrophy, which affects all of his muscles and causes further deterioration every year. When he plays wheelchair sports it can get rough and sometimes the force of the wheelchairs hitting each other can cause his arms to fall off his chair. This is a problem as Matt doesn't have the physical strength...

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  • How American and Australian school students learned together with 3D printing

    Makers Empire is used by 500,000+ students in schools in over twenty countries, including Australia, the USA, China, England, Ireland, Canada, Germany, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong SAR, and Vietnam. As a way of deepening student engagement and developing relationships between schools, Makers Empire’s Global Design Program pairs together Makers Empire schools in...

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  • How 3 Teachers are Finding New Ways to Use 3D Printing & Design in the K-8 Classroom

    For teachers who are new to 3D printing, Makers Empire's school products include everything you need to successfully integrate 3D technology into the classroom. With our 150+ lesson plans, professional development, class management tools, training and ongoing support, you'll be able to start using 3D printing and 3D design as authentic teaching tools efficiently and...

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  • Meet the Young Siblings & Entrepreneurs Behind Custom 3D Printing Company, G3D

    Recently, we met two entrepreneurs who run a small business using 3D printing and 3D design. What makes these two entrepreneurs special is both their relationship and their ages: they're siblings and they're both still in primary school! Jessica and Elliott are in grade five and grade seven, respectively, at Craigburn Primary School. At school,...

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  • How an Educator Teaches Vision and Hearing Impaired Teens with Makers Empire 3D software

    Erin Barr has been teaching at the Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind (MSDB) for four years. She has taught every grade from kindergarten through to grade 12. Previously, she taught at a "one-room" schoolhouse teaching K-7 for three years and at a Hutterite Colony for one year teaching grades 6-8. She has also done...

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  • How A School Librarian Is Teaching with 3D Printing at Her Schools

    Hajnalka Molloy is the Leader of Campus Library and Information Services at Aberfoyle Park Primary Campus in Australia, President of the School Library Association of SA and a Makers Empire Ambassador. She has been a Teacher Librarian for 19 years and loves her role and its dynamic and complex nature. She has dual qualifications as both a...

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  • How Littlehampton PS Students Helped A Boy With Cystic Fibrosis using 3D Printing

    Students at Littlehampton Primary School in Australia were asked to solve a real-world problem using Design Thinking, 3D printing and Makers Empire. Will, a student at the school, has Cystic Fibrosis. He has to use a nebuliser everyday and it can be tricky drying the apparatus. So the students decided to use Makers Empire to...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • How 3D Printing Helped My Students Create a School Nature Play Space

    This guest post has been written by Megan Koop, a classroom teacher at Blakeview Primary School located in the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide. Megan is also a Makers Empire Ambassador. Blakeview Primary School is a growing school with well over 600 students currently enrolled. Identifying a Real-World Problem Last year, my Year 2 students had identified...

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    So You Have a 3D printer – Now What? A Frank Account of 3D Printing in the Classroom

    This guest post was written by Christopher Burdman, a grade 3-5 STEM teacher at Joseph P Tyan Elementary School in Boston and Makers Empire Ambassador. Here he shares a frank and engaging account of his 3D printing journey, through unexpected windfalls, false starts, new beginnings and eventual success. This is a must-read for any teacher or educator wanting...

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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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  • 5 Ways Makers Empire has Become a Tool of Transformation in My Classroom

    This guest post was written by Kate Tyrwhitt, Visual Arts Teacher at St Michael's College in Australia and a Makers Empire Ambassador. Kate has a background in Fine Arts and adopts a creative approach to teaching primary school children. She is a frequent presenter at education conferences and her innovative approach to teaching was recently recognised with...

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  • 600 Schools in the 2018 GE Additive Education Program Off To A Great Start!

    Recent research shows the compelling learning benefits that can be achieved for students and teachers with 3D printing in the primary school classroom. 3D technology creates a fun, hands-on experience for students with cutting edge technology while positioning them as as creators, inventors and engineers. Through the Design Cycle, students learn how to solve real-world...

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  • Kids Will Change the World with 3D Printers | A Video by GE

    More than 3,000 schools from around the world applied for this year’s GE Additive Education Program, with 600 schools from 30 countries accepted. Over the next year, GE will deliver 3D printers—along with supplies, software and an education curriculum—to primary and secondary schools around the world. Makers Empire is managing the education component of this...

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    How 5th Graders at Woodsdale Elementary Learned About Engineering with 3D Printing

    Coming up with ways to let students experience the engineering design process first-hand in the K-8 classroom can be a challenge. But under the guidance of their teacher, Sandra Weisman (above), the 5th-grade students at Woodsdale Elementary made it happen. By using Makers Empire and 3D printing they implemented the engineering design process to develop...

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  • The Two Most Important Skills You Can Teach Your Students

    One of the most important issues facing the educators and parents of today is how to prepare students and children for the jobs of tomorrow. With entire industries being revolutionised and disrupted on what seems like a daily basis, the only thing that we know for certain is that the future will be more incredible...

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  • How Prospect PS Students Created An Accessible Playground Using 3D Printing

    Wondering how to use 3D printing as an authentic teaching tool in a primary, elementary or middle school environment? Be inspired by students from a school in Australia who used it to help solve an accessibility issue within the school community. Prospect Primary School was one of almost 50 South Australian schools who took part in...

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  • How Students at Richmond PS Learned English by Making 3D Printed Furniture for a Dollhouse

    When classroom teacher Diana Harris was considering what 3D printing furniture project to do with her students, she was inspired by her students' own personal experiences in coming to Australia. Diana's class at Richmond Primary School in Australia has an Intensive English Language Program as her students are all newly arrived in Australia. So when...

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  • How Morphett Vale PS Students Learn About Entrepreneurship with 3D printing

    Teachers unfamiliar with 3D printing are often unsure how to use it as an authentic teaching tool. So be inspired by educators from a school in Australia who used 3D printing to teach primary school students about entrepreneurship, product design and marketing. Morphett Vale Primary School was one of almost 50 South Australian schools who took...

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  • How Joseph P. Tynan Elementary is Using Design Thinking & 3D Printing To Empower Students

    As a 3rd-5th Grade STEM teacher at Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School in Boston, Christopher Burdman (above, left) is used to coming up with interesting ways to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. Last year, his school was selected to be part of the GE Additive Education Program, which gave them access to 3D printers...

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  • How West Lakes Shore PS Students Solve Sustainability Issues with Design Thinking

    Wondering how to use 3D printing and Design Thinking as authentic teaching tools in a primary, elementary or middle school environment? Be inspired by students from a school in Australia who used them to help solve multiple sustainability issues within the school community. West Lakes Shore Primary School was one of almost 50 South Australian schools...

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