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Category: 3D Printing Case Studies

  • 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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  • Department for Education (SA)’s Showcase of 3D Printing in Primary Schools Celebrates Learning

    On July 5th, 2018, over 500 teachers, students and invited guests attended the Department for Education (SA)'s and Makers Empire's 3D Printing in Primary Schools Showcase Day at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Designed to celebrate the learning achieved during the 2018 3D Printing in Primary Schools Project (Phase 3: Part 1), the Showcase Day saw almost...

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    How 3D Printed ‘Not So Flat’ Stanleys Support Literacy at Woodsdale Elementary School

    Think 3D printing and 3D design is just for teaching students technology skills? Think again. With guidance from Sandra Wiseman (above), a library media/technology integration specialist, 2nd-grade students at Woodsdale Elementary School found an authentic way to develop literacy and practice their communication skills with 3D printed ‘not so flat’ Flat Stanleys from the beloved American book...

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  • How A 30-Year Veteran Teacher Went From 3D Printing Novice To 3D Printing Guru

    Robin McGinnis is currently teaching 4th Grade Math and Science for the Mt. Healthy City School System. Last year, she was selected to be a part of the GE Additive Education Program 2017-18.  Even though she had no previous experience with 3D printing, she took this opportunity and ran with it. Read her inspiring story below....

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  • How Mundulla PS Students used Design Thinking to Create Ideas for a New Town Entrance Sign

    When educators at Mundulla Primary School (PS) in regional South Australia were trying to settle on a Design Thinking project using Makers Empire for their students last year, they didn't have to look very far. A local community group, Mundulla on the Move, was contemplating new signage for the town as the entrance to the town...

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  • How Makers Empire Was A 3D Printing Game Changer For the Verona Area School District

    Karie Huttner, the K-5 educational technology coach for the Verona Area School District has been teaching with 3D printing for 4-5 years. But her recent experience with Makers Empire has been an amazing game changer and transformative learning experience for both her students and teaching colleagues and we are thrilled to share it with you here....

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  • How 3D Printing United My Class (and Helped Us Raise Funds for a Local Hospital!)

    This guest post was written by Canadian grade 4/5 teacher, Jeff Hennigar. We are excited to share Jeff's story and hope that it inspires you as much as it inspires us. You can follow Jeff on Twitter here. Our 3D Printing Project by Jeff Hennigar We held a Make Sale at BLT Senior Elementary School's...

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  • Why spatial intelligence is important and how to help develop it with 3D printing

    You've heard of intellectual intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) a measure of a person's reasoning and emotional ability, respectively. But are you familiar with spatial intelligence and its importance in education and learning? Spatial intelligence or spatial ability is the skill required to mentally manipulate 2D and 3D objects. So why should classroom teachers...

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  • 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...

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  • Why Groveland Elementary Switched From Tinkercad to Makers Empire

    We recently had the opportunity to chat with Colleen Small, the media specialist at Groveland Elementary in Minnesota, USA. She started using Makers Empire only a few months ago but is very happy she made the switch from Tinkercad. Compared to Tinkercad, both she and her students have found Makers Empire to be easier to...

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  • 7 ways schools are teaching Design Thinking using 3D Printing

    Design thinking is a growing strategy for teaching at all levels. But what exactly is design thinking? Why is it important? Design thinking is a process for solving problems that involves asking questions, empathizing, experimenting and hands on testing. There are defined steps in the design thinking process: Empathize --> Define --> Ideate --> Prototype...

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  • How Birdwood Primary School students solved a sticky problem with 3D printing

    Wondering how to use 3D printing to teach STEM subjects, design thinking and 21st century skills? Be inspired by this new interview with Bianca Laister, the Deputy Principal and Student Wellbeing Coordinator at Birdwood Primary School, a school in regional South Australia. Prior to completing Makers Empire's Learning by Design course as part of the SA...

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  • How Forbes Primary School students use 3D printing to solve a common classroom issue

    At Forbes Primary School in South Australia, students have embraced 3D printing as a way to solve a common classroom problem. Every teacher and student knows the frustration students face when searching for their own bag within a sea of identical or similar looking bags. So the students at Forbes Primary School decided to use...

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  • How Huntfield Heights School students use 3D printing to clean up local pollution

    Teacher Aaron Vigor from Huntfield Heights Primary School was completely new to 3D printing before he embarked on the Learning by Design course with Makers Empire as part of the DECD rollout to 49 South Australian schools. "Before the project, I had no knowledge of 3D printing. I knew it existed but had no idea...

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  • How students learned design thinking and persistence by inventing superhero gadgets

    Wondering how to use 3D printing and design in the classroom as an authentic teaching tool while engaging students and achieving curriculum requirements? Be inspired by Abbie Krieg, a Year 3/4 Teacher at Snowtown Primary School (PS) in regional South Australia. Abbie has been teaching for five years and it's her fourth year teaching at Snowtown PS....

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